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

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