Spare man: football tactics explained

Gian Piero Gasperini
Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini (Image credit: Getty Images)

As the great Bill Shankly once said, ‘football is a simple game complicated by idiots.’

Boiled down to its basic components, to be successful in football you have to, A) have the ball, and B) use it effectively.

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Jack Lacey-Hatton
Freelance writer

Jack has worked as a sports reporter full-time since 2021. He previously worked as the Chief Women’s Football Writer at the Mirror, covering the England Women’s national team and the Women’s Super League. Jack has covered a number of major sporting events in recent years including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the ground in Australia.