How the Premier League went from Route Ones to False 9s

The Mixer author Michael Cox chats to Team 33 about how football changed between 1992 and present day

BY Raf Diallo 14:55 Tuesday 13 June 2017, 14:55 13 Jun 2017

A soccer field on a blackboard in Dresden (Saxony), Germany, 14 February 2013. Photo: Thomas Eisenhuth/dpa

When the last Premier League season began, the focus was not so much about the new players arriving in the top flight but the fact that high profile coaches were in charge of the leading clubs.

Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino were all going head to head - and that's not including other managers like Ronald Koeman at Everton.

Conte and Guardiola in particular are viewed as part of a new breed of elite tacticians that will revolutionize the Premier League.

It's a far cry from the dawn of the Premier League back in 1992 when 4-4-2 abounded and the long ball was not viewed with suspicion.

The evolution from those more rudimentary days to the current day is charted in a new book by leading football tactics writer Michael Cox called The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics From Route One to False Nines.

This week on Team 33, we picked his brains about the subject, going back to how foreign players influenced change, the most influential tacticians and much, much more.

You can listen to the full interview on the podcast player or on iTunes:

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