September 2020

Lille’s 4-4-2 defensive block and well-timed pressing frustrated Marseille’s buildup throughout the match – leading the visitors to multiple midfield recoveries and effective offensive transitions. However, poor finishing and a confusing change of shape from Christophe Galtier late in the match would undo much of Lille’s good work, as they were forced to settle for […]

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Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach provided each other with a tough test to kick off their Bundesliga campaigns. Matching up in similar three-at-the-back shapes, these two were generally tough to separate in this contest. It was Dortmund’s young attacking core that provided the cutting edge that Mönchengladbach lacked as a notable attacking pair were absent […]

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Graham Potter’s effect on Brighton’s attacking style continued, and impressively so. Were it not for wasted openings and missed chances, Lampard’s own tactical adjustments might not have been enough to fully disrupt an opening match day result for Brighton. Tactical analysis and match report by Peter Munnelly. Looking to improve on last season’s fifteenth-placed finish, […]

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Neither side was able to create consistent offensive chances in a match that was defined by defensive adjustments. Both managers sought to stymie the other, with Pablo Machín using the full flexibility of his 3-1-4-2 formation against Betis’ lopsided 4-2-3-1 shape.  Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell.  After narrowly avoiding relegation Deportivo Alavés made […]

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