Premier League analysis

Tactics Board

September 1, 2012
By Richard Jolly

Premier League pitches are 105m x 68m. When Manchester City enter the final third, however, they are only really 44 yards wide. Opponents often defend the width of the penalty box against Roberto Mancini's side, reasoning they won't head for the touchline.

That formed part of Mark Hughes' gameplan. While it seemed an attacking move when QPR selected two strikers - and indeed both played a part in their goal, scored by Bobby Zamora - they dropped so deep ...

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