Champions League

A fervent 4-4-2 medium block, replete with well-timed pressing and counterpressing sequences helped Porto dictate play out of possession. The home side earned a much deserved victory over a Juventus side that was passive, slow, narrow and unimaginative.  Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell.  With only one loss in the group stage, which […]

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The overarching storyline involving Julian Nagelsmann and Jürgen Klopp aside, this was a game made for the tactically-minded football fan. While goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané sealed a morale-boosting win for the Merseyside club, it was in fact the details of how the teams exploited the other teams’ weaknesses that resulted in a […]

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Barcelona took the lead through a Lionel Messi penalty, but were punished for an unstable man-oriented defensive scheme, with the first two goals conceded through wide spaces created by defensive weakness between fullback and winger. Mbappé menaced throughout and was able to complete his hattrick late in the game on the counterattack after Kean’s contribution […]

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The pressure was at a historic high for Real Madrid, but in turn, they put the pressure on their visitors early. Borussia Mönchengladbach were thus prohibited from getting into a rhythm in possession all game. Madrid would capitalize on the advantages they had on the flanks, especially attacking the right side, to set up a […]

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In a do-or-die clash for both teams, early goals from Angeliño and Amadou Haidara pegged Manchester United back before they could rouse themselves. Despite a spirited second half comeback following Bruno Fernandes’ penalty and Paul Pogba’s late goal, Justin Kluivert’s 69th minute strike posed an insurmountable obstacle for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side, who now find […]

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Matchday five of this season’s UEFA Champions League was upon the teams as many heavyweights were looking to secure qualification for the first knockout round. Among those teams were Atlético Madrid, who were looking for three points against Bayern Munich at home to secure their spot in spite of RB Salzburg. Because Salzburg finished their […]

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