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Mourinho Chelsea tactics

Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea an early lead amid a passive start from Spurs, which handed Chelsea control of the match early on. Spurs gradually became more aggressive as the game went on, but Chelsea’s pressing was suitably intense and was often able to stifle Spurs’ buildup. Marcos Alonso doubled Chelsea’s lead just after half-time, meaning […]

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Tactical analysis Arsenal Newcastle United 4-0 Premier League

Arsenal controlled possession throughout this game, but they were forced into a patient approach by Newcastle’s deep defensive block in the first half. Meanwhile, the home side also looked worried by the speed in Newcastle’s attack at times. Eventually Arsenal’s breakthrough courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang early in the second half opened the game up and […]

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Despite Wolverhampton Wanderers’ defensive structure well in place and threatening with fast breaks forward, the hosts could not capitalize against a passive, lackluster and open Leicester City. Brendan Rodgers’ team maintained most of the possession, but an expansive buildup structure with a lack of players in the midfield left Leicester vulnerable against a more organized […]

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Whilst the first half was all about West Ham’s measured resistance, and how the visitors tried to wear them down, the second period was much more about Liverpool’s coping of the host’s inevitable response. Despite finding a few regular ways to exploit each other, it was in transition where both teams looked at their most […]

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Guardiola City tactics

Pep Guardiola experimented with an unorthodox interpretation of a 3-4-2-1 system as City hosted United in the EFL Cup. Although City dominated the early proceedings, United opened the scoring through Nemanja Matić, after which City showed some nervousness in their play and made some clumsy errors. Nevertheless, City were still the overall better team in […]

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Tactical analysis Wolverhampton Wanderers Liverpool 1-2 Premier League

In a match that featured plenty of chances but very little fluidity, Roberto Firmino’s 84th minute strike proved the difference as Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool emerged as the winners after a testing battle against Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers. Molineux has made a name for itself as one of the toughest away grounds for a top six […]

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