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03/09/2018 by Tiggerlion 17 Comments
Has it ever worked?
Rigid Digit says
03/09/2018 at 20:12
It’s a “thing,” at the moment, and whilst it does potentially cover more options than straight man-to-man marking, I don’t believe it is any more effective.
At the end of the day, when the game of two halves has been played, it’s all a load of old balls
(Pep Gurdiola said that)
03/09/2018 at 20:24
Mr Guardiola is a great, great philosopher but he is still only a human being. Sometimes, he’s wrong. These days, there is so much money in the Premier League, they can afford lots of brand new balls.
Dave Amitri says
03/09/2018 at 21:17
No zone has ever scored a goal…..
03/09/2018 at 21:27
No. But Gênesis has.
04/09/2018 at 07:10
More sillily-named Brazilian footballers:
Freddy Steady says
04/09/2018 at 06:54
Really good post and point that Tiggs.
Zonal marking it seems to me absolves people of individual responsibility. It looks terrible when it doesn’t work, which is often.
Oh yes, man marking for me any day.
04/09/2018 at 07:09
You are too kind, Freddy.
It pains me to say it but, if my beloved Everton defended set pieces as they did under Sam Allardice last season, we’d be four, or even six, points better off right now.
04/09/2018 at 09:03
As another Blue, I was going to make a similar point without invoking the name of The Great Satan.
MC Escher says
04/09/2018 at 07:41
It probably evens out. I prefer man marking but how many times have you seen somone evade their man and score? Lots of times, that’s how many.
04/09/2018 at 10:12
Thinking back, in the 60s, 70s and possibly into the 80s, English clubs all employed zonal marking and man to man marking was a dodgy practice that belonged on the continent, especially in Italy with its famed catenaccio defending.
Blue Boy says
04/09/2018 at 18:22
It’s never worked at Tottenham. But then no kind of marking has ever worked at Tottenham.
04/09/2018 at 21:01
Apparently, the ‘statistics’ say zonal marking works best but teams can take a little while to get used to it. Trouble is, these ‘statistics’ don’t seem to have been published. However, Valencia and Bayern Munich both went a full season without conceding a single goal from a corner.
04/09/2018 at 21:37
Zonal Marking: vox, beats.
05/09/2018 at 19:37
Zones don’t score goals.
05/09/2018 at 20:25
Or…zones don’t concede goals.
Hang on…I’m not a fan of zonal marking…doh.
05/09/2018 at 21:26
I think shells is saying to stop a goal, you should mark a man. Marking a man is tricky. You have to respond to their movement, so you are always a mini step behind no matter how quick you are, and you have to have eyes in the back of your head to watch the ball and the man at the same time. In the end, you end up wrestling yer man to the floor and giving away a VAR penalty. Either that or a goal.
06/09/2018 at 06:55
Where else would you come for a conversation on zonal marking, wine, Trump, BT Openreach…oh and music.
Flouncers, you don’t know what you’re missing;
And marking a man is tricky but still way better than the alternative. So there.
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