Champions League

Atalanta’s offense troubled Valencia from the start, with attackers popping in and out of spaces to combine and draw the defending players out of position. Ultimately, though, it was the finishing that decided the first leg of this tie, as Valencia could not capitalize on their opponent’s defensive blind spots. Tactical analysis and match report […]

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Tactical analysis Tottenham Hotspur RB Leipzig 0-1 Champions League

A classic high octane Leipzig performance proved far too much for a pinned-back Mourinho side. Superior ball retention and a general ease of passage through Spurs’ shape were decisive in creating key openings. The questions posed by the hosts as the game went on lacked any sort of conviction, subsequently affording the visitors an easy […]

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Tactical Preview Atalanta Bergamo Valencia Tottenham Hotspur RB Leipzig

Club football enters its decisive phase, with lots to play for in every competition. Yesterday we previewed the first two ties, today we focus on the upcoming two ties of the most important tournament in club football: the Champions League. Article by José Pérez, Kareem Bianchi, Manasvin Andra and Erik Elias.  Tottenham Hotspur – RasenballSport Leipzig […]

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Tactical analysis Borussia Dortmund PSG Champions League

A perplexing formation change from Thomas Tuchel gave way to a confused Paris Saint-Germain performance, as Europe’s most potent offense sputtered away from home. The disorderly guests allowed Dortmund to ply their trade on the counterattack and lean on the dynamism of their young striker.  Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell. Heading into […]

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Champions League Tactical Preview Borussia Dortmund PSG Atletico Madrid Liverpool

The world’s most watched competition is back, with a splendid series of knockout matchups. In this piece, we preview the first two ties of the most important tournament in club football: the Champions League.  Article by José Pérez and K.T. Stockwell. Atlético Madrid – Liverpool Liverpool Tyrannical dominance of the Premier League, current Champions League […]

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Salzburg started the match furiously but could not hold on for long. Liverpool controlled most parts of the first half, but had some issues that invited Salzburg to create chances. Jürgen Klopp’s minor tweaks in the second half gave his team a comfortable lead, which they were able to defend until the final whistle. Tactical […]

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Tactical analysis Ajax Valencia 0-1 Champions League

Valencia were, as always, tough in their way of playing and made life difficult for their opponents. Ajax’s frustrations will most likely have been down to their own inadequacies, as an electric atmosphere could not take the hosts the extra yard needed to qualify for the knockout rounds. Tactical analysis and match report by Peter […]

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