No doubt many of you are aware of Michael Cox’s excellent tactics website, Zonal Marking, and he also writes for the likes of the Guardian, ESPN, FourFourTwo and others.
On this somewhat surprise episode of the show, I chat to Michael about his new book: The Mixer: the Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines.
It looks at how the tactical landscape of the Premier League has shifted massively since its inception, from a fairly unsophisticated time to now housing some of the best tacticians in the game. We chat about some of the changes and influences that have occurred over the years, how Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have had to pay more attention to that side of the game, the increased use of stats and data, and lots more.
The book is available in hardback and digital via Amazon, and Michael has also produced an accompanying 8 part podcast series which you can subscribe to on iTunes here, or via your own favourite podcasting app.
You can listen to our chat below.
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