Europa League

Real Sociedad have one of the best defenses in LaLiga, but their pressing and high defensive line was blown away by the speed of Manchester United’s counterattack. United dominated the first half hour with an unexpectedly well-executed pressing trap game plan. After their first goal, they stepped back, defended deeper, and picked off la Real […]

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A dominance of possession came to nothing as structural issues in attack surfaced for Shakhtar Donetsk. Inter’s stern 5-3-2 defensive block proved to be impenetrable for the toiling Shakhtar outfit. Inter’s high press caused Shakhtar into buildup errors which the Italians ruthlessly capitalized on, to claim a win that never looked under threat. Tactical analysis […]

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Impressive fluidity during the buildup combined with world-class performances from Éver Banega, Joan Jordán and Yassine Bounou sent Sevilla to their sixth Europa League final. Ole Gunnar Solskjær did not have an answer to every single tactical problem that his Spanish counterpart presented him, but could have still left as a winner if his defenders […]

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A versatile buildup system and exploiting FC Basel on the transition rewarded Shakhtar Donetsk with the third Europa League semi-final in the club’s history. Their central focus overwhelmed their opponents, while Basel’s own passing structure lacked the balance or the bite to get themselves back into the game. Tactical analysis and match report by Joel […]

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Peter Bosz’ pre-match gamble proved to be unrealistic as Antonio Conte outdid his Dutch counterpart tactically with the help of stunning performances by Romelu Lukaku and Nicolò Barella. Inter, once again, could not convert many of their chances, which prevented them from sealing the match at any point earlier than the final whistle, although they […]

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