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6-4-0? Not likely. September 26, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in English soccer, War on ESPN.

ESPN’s Team of the Week columnist Chris Murphy called Everton’s formation against Manchester City over the weekend “6-4-0.” This leads me to believe he is probably no tactics expert (considering the formation he picked for his team, probably a safe bet).

Here are the Everton players who started ordered by squad number: Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Tim Cahill, Phil Neville, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman, Tim Howard, Marouane Fellaini, Jack Rodwell.

So that’s a goalkeeper, three right-backs, one left-back, two center-backs and four central midfielders. Technically, kind of, six defenders and four midfielders. But Phil Neville has pretty exclusively played at the back of midfield in recent seasons; Tim Cahill has been deputizing as an emergency center forward; Seamus Coleman has been seen primarily as a right winger for some time.

Murphy is maybe getting a bit carried away with himself, so desperate to make a point that he vomits obviously misleading sentences on us.


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