March 2019

Group I’s first set of matches pitted two of last year’s big-story-nations – Belgium and Russia – against each other. In an affair that saw Belgium rule over Russia with their individual quality, Roberto Martínez’s tactical tweaks partly helped his side escape a troubling start. Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M. As both […]

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Werder were able to cause a lot of problems for Leverkusen with their intense press and good transitioning from defense to attack. The side of Peter Bosz were lacking in terms of defensive organization and could not create chances against Bremen’s passionate defensive approach. Although Leverkusen improved along the way, Werder could easily hurt Leverkusen […]

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Tactical analysis Paris Saint-Germain Olympique Marseille 3-1 Ligue 1

In a surprisingly cagey Le Classique, Paris Saint-Germain triumphed thanks to a brilliant performance from Ángel Di María. The Argentinian had an opener chalked off after consultation of the Video Assistant Referee, before assisting the first goal, scoring the other two and enforcing Steve Mandanda’s sending off. Olympique Marseille manager Rudy Garcia got his tactics […]

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There were a lot of tactical aspects that gave colour to this match. From Betis’ problematic attacking structure to the manipulation of Betis’ center-backs and how Barcelona’s offensive players consistently created space for themselves. All in all however, this match was mostly defined by an outrageously good performance by Lionel Messi, even by his standards. […]

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Tactical analysis Everton Chelsea 2-0 Premier League

After three years, Everton finally recorded a Premier League victory over Chelsea. The visitors continued their inconsistent form and incurred another dent in their Champions League hopes. After the visitor’s dominance in the first half, Everton forced themselves back into the game, kept compact, well organised and created much better chances to take the victory […]

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Tactical analysis Hertha BSC - Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bundesliga

Following a trying number of weeks, few Borussia Dortmund players and supporters will have relished heading to the Olympiastadion to face Hertha Berlin: a team that enjoys nothing more than taking points of the Bundesliga’s top teams. Hertha lived up to their pre-match billing and proved a tough nut to crack, but thanks to the […]

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Tactical analysis Wolverhampton Wanderers Manchester United 2-1 FA Cup

Wolverhampton Wanderers produced another stunt at Molineux. Their success was based on a great defensive organization and directness when the ball was won. Manchester United’s lack of width was a problem all game long, and after a close first hour the game went Wolves way. Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias. For the […]

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