Champions League

Olympique Lyon looked the brighter of the two sides in the opening minutes, but a superb strike from Serge Gnabry initiated a period of Bavarian domination that rarely looked in danger of being stopped. Lyon had plenty of half-chances including a few excellent opportunities to reflect their performance in this game, but wayward finishing from […]

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Pep tactics Lyon

An over-conservative approach by Pep Guardiola prevented City from having the necessary impact his strategy required, eventually crumbling to a mix of individual mistakes, structural dilemmas, and Lyon’s clinical finishing.  Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi. After convincingly knocking out Real Madrid in the Round of Sixteen, Manchester City were given the luxury […]

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The absence of Timo Werner proved to be no problem for Julian Nagelsmann’s outfit – their ball dominance and outright control over Atlético Madrid eventually rewarded them with the goals needed to get into the semi-finals. Tactical analysis and match report by Peter Munnelly. If a month’s gap felt like a long time for Atléti to […]

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Bayern Flick tactics

Although Bayern Munich did not fully flex their muscles, they showed enough to see why so many tip them as favorites for this year’s Champions League trophy. Thiago Alcântara’s super passes and Robert Lewandowski’s goalscoring prowess tore through a battered Chelsea, whose tactical gamble failed to pay off. Tactical analysis and match report by Joel […]

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Despite a particularly inspired Cristiano Ronaldo, Juve’s structural issues were hard to overcome even for the Champions League’s greatest goalscorer. Lyon did not need the most solid of defensive systems, which leaked a few chances, as they could sit on a comfortable lead and watch Juve’s self-inflicted harm pave the way to the next round. […]

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