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Nikos Overheul
Ok, let's do a quick analysis of what England do to create space for the Maguire goal.
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Nikos Overheul Jul 7
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Sterling, Maguire and Kane are the ones to watch here. Maguire and Kane are being marked by Ekdal (#8) and Krafth (#16). You'll notice the centre is very crowded.
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Nikos Overheul Jul 7
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Sterling's defender is likely to be bad in the air (because who'd have his good defenders mark Sterling?) This is important, because his marker will end up closest to Maguire.
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Nikos Overheul Jul 7
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Kane and Maguire have moved around Sterling and his marker. Sterling and his defender are now cutting off access to Kane/Maguire. #8 and #16 have already lost England's most dangerous men.
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Nikos Overheul Jul 7
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Kane is now actively blocking the only defender that could still reach Maguire. Sterling's marker - remember, not likely to be a good defender - is ball watching.
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Nikos Overheul Jul 7
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And that's how England create an open header for Harry Maguire despite the fact that every single person watching that game knew the ball was going to him.
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John Burn-Murdoch Jul 7
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Fantastic analysis.
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Nikos Overheul Jul 7
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Thanks!
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Neal Mann Jul 7
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Great analysis
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Nikos Overheul Jul 7
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Thanks, much appreciated.
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