January 2020

Sevilla’s 4-5-1 defensive system created problems for Real Madrid’s attacking play. However, once Casemiro moved into a more advanced role, the hosts were able to create some opportunities that were good enough. The Brazilian’s brace rewarded Real Madrid with three valuable points, as their unbeaten record continues. Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.  […]

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Tactical analysis Schalke 04 Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Bundesliga

The game started in a promising fashion but quickly turned into a hard-fought affair with several turnovers and fouls. Schalke seemingly made use of this chaos and threatened Gladbach’s defense with counterattacks. Although failing to score before half-time, David Wagner’s side quickly took the lead right after the game restarted with two goals from fast […]

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Real Madrid needed penalty kicks to decide a close game where both teams could not break down the opponent. In the first half, Atlético’s pressing game dominated, yet Real’s defense did not allow them to turn that control into shots. In the second half, substitutions caused the game to be played at a faster pace, […]

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Aston Villa’s trepidation at going head-to-head with Manchester City proved prophetic as Pep Guardiola’s visitors demolished the home side in a stunning performance at Villa Park. Faced with a nightmarish injury list, Dean Smith could perhaps be forgiven for throwing in the towel, yet the manner of the defeat raises serious questions about the home […]

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Roma dominated Juventus for most of the match, in a convincing display that showed their progress in pressing and building up. Once again, however, Juve demonstrated how mistakes cannot be afforded against them, scoring two early goals that a dominant, yet devoid of creativity Roma side were unable to come back from. Tactical analysis and […]

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Tactical analysis Girondins de Bordeaux Olympique Lyonnais 1-2 Ligue 1

Lyon manager Rudi Garcia adopted a traditional 4-3-3 system – electing to field his three most technical midfielders. The outcome completely overwhelmed Pablo Sousa and Bordeaux, who struggled to establish their buildup play and negotiate a more athletic OL press. Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell. Significant injuries to Memphis Depay and Jeff […]

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Tactical analysis Internazionale Atalanta Bergamo 1-1 Serie A

Antonio Conte’s setup for Inter was successful from the off and gave his side a perfect start. Later on Gian Piero Gasperini’s key second half changes helped pave the way for a dramatic U-turn following a frustrating first half. Tactical analysis by Peter Munnelly. Inter’s 3-1 away win in Naples was the perfect way to […]

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Stade-Rennais-Olympique-Marseille

In the first Ligue 1 clash of 2020 between the third place, Rennes, and the second place, Marseille, the visitors managed to win despite facing some difficulties against Julien Stéphan’s side. Eventually their defensive resistance and a late goal from a free kick, ensured the win – allowing them to continue their winning run in […]

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