October 2019

Seattle Sounders arrived in Los Angeles having won three of the last four Western Conference Finals, but despite this success, they were considered heavy underdogs to an offensively vibrant Los Angeles FC side. Nonetheless, Seattle proved the doubters wrong, as they used all their cunning and pragmatism to dispatch a static and somewhat naïve home […]

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Tactical analysis Napoli - Atalanta Bergamo 2-2 Serie A

Napoli took a leaf out of Manchester City’s book and mostly outplayed Atalanta with a pass-and-press game. A dominant second half display from Napoli seemed to have sealed the game in their favor, but late controversy arose and Josip Iličić thought otherwise, restoring the game that appeared completely out of Atalanta’s reach to a draw.  […]

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Hutter Rose tactics

Frankfurt’s 5-3-2 defensive structure has proven difficult to play through, however Gladbach’s fast transitional play saw them score four against Adi Hütter’s team, asserting their place on top of the Bundesliga standings.  Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker. Both Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt returned to Bundesliga action following a more upbeat Europa […]

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Tactical analysis Paris Saint-Germain Olympique Marseille 4-0 Ligue 1

In the French Classique, the first half was enough to leave Marseille for dead. The abundance of Parisian offensive talent punished André Villas-Boas’ risky tactical approach with four goals before half-time. After a much calmer second half, this also turned out to be the final score.  Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr. Despite […]

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Tactical analysis Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Premier League

A very early goal from Harry Kane invited Spurs to try and shut up shop early on and defend deep against Liverpool. Spurs’ defending became perhaps too passive though, as Liverpool were able to dictate possession and constantly switch the play with little pressure. Eventually Liverpool’s dominance paid off, as Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah […]

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Atletico tactics Simeone

In an old-school duel of two teams trading long passes, Atlético’s domination of second balls and their superior talent allowed them to create the better shots, which ultimately turned into goals. In the second half, Athletic were unable to change the game state through substitutions, conceding more spaces on the counter for Atlético to exploit. […]

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