December 2018

Pochettino tactics Barcelona

With qualification to the knockout rounds hanging by a thread, Tottenham Hotspur’s performance at Camp Nou was exceptional – albeit against a somewhat weakened FC Barcelona starting eleven. Mauricio Pochettino’s diamond system expertly exploited the holes in Barça’s pressing, whilst also causing some problems for the home side in their buildup phase, too. Tactical analysis […]

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Tactical analysis Liverpool - Napoli 1-0 Champions League

Mohamed Salah scored the deciding goal as Liverpool edged past Napoli at Anfield to progress into the Champions League Round of Sixteen. Liverpool’s intensity disturbed Napoli’s play, and the visitors struggled to gain rhythm which allowed the home side to dominate the match for large periods. Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Williams. Group […]

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Sassuolo Fiorentina Serie A

Good gracious me. What happened here? Sassuolo – Fiorentina was a rather tedious game until after an hour of playing time, when things changed. Massively. Two red cards, six goals, nicely divided between the two teams. But it wasn’t thanks to tactics, though. Tactical analysis and match report by Guillaume Maebe.   Sunday, 12h30. That’s […]

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Revierderby tactics

The clash between rivals Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund contained interesting tactical setups and a derby mentality of either side. Dortmund managed to win due to their well-organized play in possession and Schalke’s reactive match-plan. Schalke is experiencing a disastrous season so far and was in dire need of points going into this match, to […]

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Tactical analysis Espanyol - Barcelona 0-4 La Liga

An initially conservative Espanyol changed their approach after Messi’s first brilliant free kick goal. However, Barcelona’s fire power of Suárez, Dembélé and a stellar Messi still came out on the top in the ensuing battle of pressing systems and defense-to-attack transitions. The second half saw Espanyol unable to change this dynamic from the bench. Tactical […]

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Tactical analysis Chelsea - Manchester City Premier League

Manchester City started the game with their characteristic swagger and a fiery intensity that completely overwhelmed Chelsea. It seemed like a matter of when, not if, City would take the lead, until Chelsea struck on the break close to half-time. The complexion of the game instantly changed, allowing Sarri’s men to create more chances and […]

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Tactical analysis Bournemouth - Liverpool 0-4 Premier League

Jürgen Klopp’s hybrid 4-2-3-1 formation was too much for Bournemouth all game long. Liverpool were the better team by a country mile, and this comfortable victory leaves Klopp with another possible formation to deploy against more defensive-minded Premier League teams. Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.   Going into this match, Bournemouth were […]

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Tactical analysis Juventus - Inter 1-0 Serie A

Inter had the better of the chances, Juventus went home with all three points. Both sides initially had issues in their pressing, and both managers changed shape in response. Inter were made to regret their misses as Mario Mandzukic headed Juventus in front. Subsequently, Allegri shut up shop and Juventus secured their clean sheet. Tactical […]

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