April 2019

Either Ajax or Tottenham Hotspur will play the Champions League final. It is a huge opportunity for both clubs, and considering recent form and missing players on both sides, it looks to be a proper coin toss. A tactical preview on an unexpected Champions League semi-final matchup. Tottenham Hotspur Pochettino has fielded about every formation […]

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Tactical analysis Gremio Santos 1-2 Brasileiro

Santos manager Jorge Sampaoli debuted in the Brazilian national league with an unexpected away victory over a strong Grêmio side. Sampaoli went against his usual principles with a more counterattacking approach, eschewing midfield play in favor of reinforcing his team’s defense. Thanks to this measure and some clinical finishing, Santos managed to score twice in […]

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Tactical analysis Manchester United Chelsea 1-1 Premier League

Manchester United showed a decent performance in the first half, aided by Chelsea’s disjointed pressing game, and found themselves taking the lead. David de Gea’s mistake let Chelsea draw level though, and United went on to disappoint in the second half when it came to finding a way past an improved Chelsea side. Tactical analysis […]

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After surviving early pressure from Internazionale and struggling to break their medium block 4-4-2 shape, Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a point for Juventus in the Derby d’Italia. A tight matchup between two of Italy’s best teams, which showcased their defensive abilities more than their offensive. Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker. Juventus are out […]

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Tactical analysis Stade Rennais Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Coupe de France

PSG’s 3-4-2-1 formation was super dominant in the opening half hour of the Coupe de France final, constantly finding openings against Rennes’ 4-4-2 shape. It led to two goals, after which it looked extremely unlikely this game would be decided by a penalty shootout. The fact Rennes fought themselves back into the affair was both […]

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Schalke produced a shock result away at Borussia Dortmund, heavily altering the title chances of their rivals. Although Dortmund were able to dominate most parts of the game in possession, Schalke’s 5-3-2 shape prevented them from creating many chances. On the opposite side, Schalke showed high efficiency with their offenisve moves. After two players of […]

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