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Tactical analysis Barcelona - Celta de Vigo 2-0 La Liga

Celta’s failure to properly defend the Leo Messi – Jordi Alba connection allowed Barcelona to score twice in the first half and achieve a straightforward victory. Barcelona’s inconsistent pressing, combined with the substitutions of Beltrán and Lobotka, allowed Celta to improve during the second half. Tactical analysis and match report by José Perez. Barcelona continued […]

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Tactical analysis Espanyol - Barcelona 0-4 La Liga

An initially conservative Espanyol changed their approach after Messi’s first brilliant free kick goal. However, Barcelona’s fire power of Suárez, Dembélé and a stellar Messi still came out on the top in the ensuing battle of pressing systems and defense-to-attack transitions. The second half saw Espanyol unable to change this dynamic from the bench. Tactical […]

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Sevilla Alavés tactics

Alavés dominated the first half with an uncharacteristic pressing scheme on Sevilla’s midfielders, effectively disconnecting Sevilla’s midfield from their attack. During the second half, Sevilla substitutes Quincy Promes and Pablo Sarabia turned the match around by helping their team find their usual offensive mechanisms. Tactical analysis by José Pérez. Without a doubt Alavés, coached by […]

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Real Valencia tactics

Real Madrid calmly gained an advantage over a listless Valencia side, before securing the result on the counter-attack when Valencia decided to become more proactive. Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind. Expectations for Valencia coming into the 2018/19 season were very high, given their strong fourth place finish in the previous campaign. They […]

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Celta de Vigo tactics

Real Sociedad won their first home match of the season scoring two goals against a passive Celta defense. Sociedad were strong in their pressing and prevented Celta from playing through the midfield, while constantly posing a threat on the flanks which Celta were not able to deal with. Tactical analysis by Chris Baker.  Real Sociedad’s […]

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Ernesto Valverde revisited last season’s 4-3-1-2 midfield diamond with four central midfielders, but it was not enough to create good chances against a solid Atlético wall. Diego Costa ended his goal scoring drought amidst a (yet again) dysfunctional Atlético offense, but Dembélé saved the day for Barcelona in the last minute. Tactical analysis by José […]

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