May 2019

River Plate came back to win the Recopa Sudamericana thanks to a more compact and aggressive pressing game. River heavily dominated both halves, preventing Athletico from coming out of their own half of the pitch and thus outshooting them. After 90 minutes of pressure, Athletico’s defense finally collapsed during injury time. Tactical analysis and match […]

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For the first time since 2009, the title race in Germany went on until the last round of play. Bayern won it in the end, of course, collecting their seventh consecutive title. Some of the underlying data suggests Bayern should have been partying at the Marienplatz a lot earlier than they did, however. Bayern Munich […]

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Tactical analysis Chelsea Arsenal 4-1 Europa League final

For forty-eight minutes, the Europa League Final was a fairly dull affair, with both Chelsea and Arsenal’s pressing games suffocating each other’s buildup. Then, Giroud scored and the floodgates crashed open, allowing Chelsea to capture the Europa League trophy by the half hour mark. Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind. Judging causality in […]

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Tactical analysis Flamengo Athletico Paranaense Brasileiro 3-2

Preceding the chaos of the second half was a contest tightly-fought by two differing systems – one demonstrating alternative components of a 4-3-3 setup and the other displaying unique structures in a narrow 4-2-2-2 shape. Paranaense’s innovative attacking moves trumped the home side’s but it was not enough to avoid defeat. Tactical analysis and match […]

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Tactical analysis Corinthians Sao Paulo 1-0 Brasileiro

A somewhat fortunate early goal allowed Corinthians to do what they do best: defend. Giving São Paulo the initiative and waiting for opportunities to counter, Corinthians were rarely in danger of conceding an equalizer in a pretty poor spectacle. São Paulo didn’t show any ideas or capacity to reverse the situation and continued their dreadful […]

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Tactical analysis Atalanta Bergamo US Sassuolo 3-1 Serie A

After finding it difficult to break through US Sassuolo’s 4-4-2 diamond defensive shape, Atalanta Bergamo adapted, pressed and played some gorgeous football to make a historic comeback, in the final matchday of the Serie A season. The result means that Atalanta will enter the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, scoring […]

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Barcelona’s poor mid-pitch press combined with Valencia’s ruthlessness gave Marcelino’s side an early lead. Barcelona’s lack of attacking output allowed them to keep it. A late glimmer of hope from Messi was ultimately quashed as Barcelona stumbled out of another trophy. Tactical analysis and match report by Tom Quartly. The Benito Villamarín was the elected […]

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