Ante Jukic

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Lawrence Thomas’ medal reward for Victory’s superior A-League defence | Ante Jukic

Keeper’s performance allowed Muscat’s side to play their tactical game: sit deep and reactIt was the 17th minute. Melbourne Victory had already gone 1-0 up, and James Troisi suddenly hacked the ball into nothingness. Likely to the displeasure of his co…

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How the A-League grand final shapes up tactically in the absence of Arnieball | Ante Jukic

In Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory, two inherently reactive teams will come up against each otherSign up to receive the latest Australian sports storiesDespite the increased sense of tactical ambiguity that Sydney FC’s absence provides, it still s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/04/how-the-a-league-grand-final-shapes-up-tactically-in-the-absence-of-arnieball

Sydney FC’s failure in Asia is instructive for A-League finals opponents

Sydney FC swept all aside to win consecutive A-League premierships, but for championship rivals Asia shows clues to their shortcomings“We’ve recovered now,” Graham Arnold insisted before his team hosted Kashima Antlers in the AFC Champions League. “I k…

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A-League: Adelaide’s lack of goals all about the type of shots they are generating

Adelaide United rank first in shots this season (328) but only eighth in goals (25) and, along with most A-League sides, live in a mass of predictable grey“Balance, clearly, is part of it, but there must also be intelligence: endlessly repeating the sa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/19/a-league-adelaides-lack-of-goals-all-about-the-type-of-shots-they-are-generating

Graham Arnold’s local tactics may be ill-suited to international stage | Ante Jukic

Issues with his appointment stem from the environment in which he became the leading local candidate“They aren’t the only one interested at the moment,” Graham Arnold said in January, when asked about the then vacant Socceroos coaching position. “I’ve …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/13/graham-arnolds-local-tactics-may-be-ill-suited-to-international-stage

Mark Milligan’s departure could unlock Melbourne Victory’s potential | Ante Jukic

There is now potential for an improvement in the team’s functionality in possessionAlthough repetition is fundamental in developing an individual’s technique, tactics in football are just as much conceptual. Ultimately, the keys to the game are adaptab…

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Daniel Arzani towers over his Melbourne City team-mates

City coach Warren Joyce seems to not fully appreciate what a talent he has in ArzaniAs the ball helplessly rolled out of bounds, Melbourne City’s Warren Joyce barked from the touchline, “That’s fuckin’ schoolboy stuff!” After his attempted dummy in Cit…

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Perth Glory’s static ball movement shows lack of identifiable game plan

Glory still sit only three points off A-League finals, but the pressure is coming for Kenny Lowe after four consecutive defeatsFootball, it is often said, is a results business. Most recently in the Australian game, results have provided the foundation…

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A-League team-by-team report card: two out of 10 for quality

At the midpoint of the season, Sydney’s dominance puts them in a rosy light, but suggests almost every other team is coming up short At the midway point of the A-League season, despite some positive sub-plots, only two sides have performed at an enco…

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A-League: Western Sydney Wanderers’s revival flatters to deceive

Josep Gombau’s tactics at Wanderers lack the fundamental principles of movement that correspond with attacking playIt is as good a time as any, with Spanish round having just passed in the A-League, to remember football provides a universal language. T…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/18/a-league-western-sydney-wandererss-revival-flatters-to-deceive