Will Stratmann

About Will Stratmann

Will writes regularly about the on-field aspects of the game, with a particular focus on tactics and analysis. In addition to Leopold Method, you can also find Will’s work at Licence to Roam, a football blog he started with his brother in 2013.

Wanderers fail to capitalise in dominant performance

In front of over 15,000 fans at Pirtek Stadium, Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United played out a cagey yet entertaining 0-0 draw. The result was enough to see Wanderers return to the top of the A-League ladder, and although they couldn’t find the breakthrough against a sturdy Adelaide side, they were, on balance, the better team on the night. Of course, the game could have been completely different if not for a controversial refereeing decision. Just 11 minutes in, [...]

By | March 23rd, 2016|A-League, Match Analysis|0 Comments

Glory days again

Perth Glory continued their impressive run of form in Round 23, making it seven wins from their last eight matches with a 4-0 win over Central Coast Mariners. Above all else, Perth’s performance was characterised by a kind of balanced efficiency, one which allowed them to defend in a compact manner before using their attacking talent to drive towards goal. Yet while those things allowed Glory to take the lead and maintain it heading into the second period, Central Coast’s [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|A-League, Match Analysis|0 Comments

The Bruno effect

In an important game for both teams, Melbourne City prevailed 3-0 over Graham Arnold’s Sydney FC. However, there was a sense of evenness attached to the contest that the scoreline probably doesn’t suggest. Maybe that’s why City coach John van ‘t Schip later described the match as “strange”, but either way he would have nonetheless been pleased with a victory that allows his team some breathing space in the lead-up to the finals. In more specific terms this game was [...]

By | March 8th, 2016|A-League, Match Analysis|0 Comments

Spoils deservedly shared in Sydney derby

For the more than 40,000 fans who packed into Allianz Stadium the Harbour City derby made for a tremendous spectacle. It may have ended in a stalemate, with the match between Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers finishing at 1-1, but the football on display was in overall terms nothing short of superb. This started in the opening minutes, as the Tony Popovic-coached Wanderers dominated the opening stages. Given that they had conceded five goals the previous week, against [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|A-League, Match Analysis|0 Comments

City alter shape to counter Victory’s attack

As is often the case in matches played between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, Saturday night’s game at AAMI Park had a frenetic feel to it. There were four goals, a red card and, in the wake of 51st minute freekick hit by Gui Finkler, a moment when goal line technology could have certainly assisted the referees. In the end the teams played out an eventful 2-2 draw. Yet for all of the talking points and issues surrounding crowd behaviour, this [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|A-League, Match Analysis|0 Comments
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