With the third successful season completed, Pep Guardiola is now enjoying a well-earned break with his family. But his task for the upcoming season will be an even more difficult one. The team will soon begin their pre-season followed by another round of El-Clasicos and an intense first round of La Liga games awaits the Spanish and European Champions. He has always managed to make his midfield dominate the game. But can his midfield do the same again? Ever since Guardiola took over this team, his policy has been very clear – impose their football style over any opponents no matter who and force them to react. His main weapon is his midfield. A combination of patient football trying to control the game and create as much chance as possible. No team has managed to force them onto the backfoot yet. The one team that has managed to stand up to them in terms of possession is Valencia. The last […]

The position of a Central Defensive Midfielder in football has undergone a lot of changes over time and is a mandatory position in modern football. Despite being so important, why the players of this ilk do not get the credit they deserve? THeHardTackle analyses the different breeds of a central defensive midfielder and tries to highlight the role they play on the pitch.