August 2019

Structural incompetence in defense and divine striking of the football defined Schalke 04’s fixture against reigning champions Bayern Munich. David Wagner’s second game in charge suggested he has no chance against top teams, whilst Niko Kovač’s tactical tweak in shape allowed Bayern to look dangerous and flexible once again. Tactical analysis and match report by […]

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Tactical analysis Liverpool Arsenal 3-1 Premier League

Unai Emery, already known for his tactical experiments in big games at Arsenal, once again attempted to pull a rabbit out of the hat in this weekend’s big-six clash. Instead, what he pulled out was, yet again, nothing. The application of an untried diamond system proved costly, albeit survivable thanks to Liverpool’s relatively cautious approach.   […]

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In a fun game between two Andalusian teams, Granada dominated the first half through their intense and well-organized pressing game, which disrupted Sevilla’s buildup attempts. In the second half, as Granada tired out from the pressing, Sevilla were allowed to pass the ball around more easily, as they started to exploit the spaces behind Granada’s […]

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Tactical analysis 1. FC Koln Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bundesliga

Dortmund were uninspiring for most of the first hour of the game as their usual setup seemed unsuited to break through 1. FC Köln’s pressing. At sixty minutes though, Favre brought on Julian Brandt and Achraf Hakimi, and switched the formation,  which helped Dortmund’s possession game. They eventually came back to win, with the substitutes […]

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Tactical analysis Aston Villa Everton 2-0 Premier League

Aston Villa secured their first points of the season in an intriguing Friday night football affair. Building rapid attacking transitions was the key to unlock Everton’s defense. Marco Silva’s team, once again, showed problems in their buildup, as they struggled to handle a relentless, fast-paced Villa. Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker. Not […]

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A seven times Champions League winning club Including Europan Cups got traded as the pledge in an unpaid loan. To an American hedge fund. AC Milan’s recent history sums up a lot of football’s current problems. Roughly a year into the new ownership, however, most of the turbulence seems over and this fallen giant may […]

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Tactical analysis Gremio Palmeiras 0-1 Copa Libertadores

In the first leg of the Copa Libertadores quarter-final, Grêmio dominated possession but failed to create any good chances. As expected, Palmeiras looked to sit deep and punish the opposition on the counter, but they were not very successful with this strategy. However, they are now very close to the semi-final, courtesy of a stunning […]

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Tactical analysis Wolverhampton Wanderers Manchester United 1-1 Premier League

A solid game plan by Ole Gunnar Solksjær got undone by a wonderfully crafted set-piece goal by Ruben Neves and a penalty miss by Paul Pogba in Molineux as the teams shared the points. Manchester United looked very much in control, despite not creating many chances. United found the opener with a nicely worked goal, […]

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