Tactical Review: Pep's 2-3-5, Koeman's defensive masterclass and Zlatan's link-up play

If the Premier League opening weekend was anything to go by, we’re in for a season rich in tactical variety. Pep Guardiola justified his reputation as the most innovative top coach in Europe, while notable calls were made by Ronald Koeman and Arsène Wenger. Interesting systems were also used by Watford’s Walter Mazzarri (3-5-2) and Southampton’s Claude Puel (4-4-2 diamond).

More intrigue could follow when Antonio Conte’s Chelsea meet West Ham tonight. For now, however, let’s review the weekend action with four tactical notes from the big matches.

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