February 2019

Julian Nagelsmann’s current and future side played against each other in an exciting tactical battle. Hoffenheim impressed with a dominant possession-based style, in their diamond shaped build-up. Leipzig operated in a 3-3-2-2 system, which they struggled to adjust to in the first half, while their second-half change to their usual 4-2-2-2 allowed them to impose […]

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Sometimes in football, all you need is a bit of luck. For AS Monaco, earlier this season, it seemed that luck had completely abandoned them: injuries and a complete lack of form all contributed to an unexpected relegation dogfight. However, since Monaco turned back the clock and reappointed Leonardo Jardim as manager, nothing can seemingly […]

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Tactical analysis Chelsea - Manchester City League Cup Final 0-0

It’s only February, but Manchester City already won their second trophy of the season. It was by no means a walk in the park though for Pep Guardiola’s men. Kepa Arrizabalaga’s on-pitch antics and his refusal to be substituted will probably make the headlines, bit below that story actually laid a decent performance by Chelsea. […]

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Tactical analysis Manchester United - Liverpool 0-0 Premier League

Manchester United and Liverpool drew in a dull game that was heavily conditioned by the multiple injuries that occurred during the first half. Liverpool maintained control of possession throughout the game, but they struggled to create danger in the final third. The second half brought little changes to the game state. Tactical analysis and match […]

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Tactical analysis Borussia Dortmund - Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Bundesliga

In a Bundesliga match of high quality and intensity, both sides demonstrated their respective strengths and weaknesses. Leverkusen impressed with a dominant possession-focused style of play, but failed to break their opponent down. Dortmund’s defensive compactness saw their offense reduced a lot, but they made up for it with efficient conversion to win three important […]

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Tactical analysis Sevilla - Barcelona 2-4 LaLiga

Pablo Machín’s tactical creativity only earned its credit in the early stages of this encounter as the little Argentine’s talents eventually prevailed. Sevilla’s true pantomime villain showcased why he is still undoubtedly the best there is. Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M. Just three days had passed since Sevilla’s 2-0 victory over SS […]

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Tactical analysis Atlético Madrid - Juventus 2-0 Champions League

Atlético deservedly won the first leg of their tie against Juventus by following the classic Simeone playbook: outstanding defensive organization, good attacking transitions, and a decisive set-piece game. Juventus did not create scoring chances and Allegri and his players did not react well – both tactically and emotionally – to Atlético’s superiority. Tactical analysis and […]

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