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Leicester City have won their first FA Cup, thanks to a phenomenal strike from Youri Tielemans. The goal rightly takes the plaudits, but their effective pressing scheme and flexible defensive organization nullified waves of Chelsea attacks, which didn’t come.   Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.  The valuation of the FA Cup’s importance has been, […]

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Pep Guardiola loves an experiment, but even this was more audacious than normal. Manchester City traded total control to find ideas past Europe’s most challenging defensive block. Chelsea had also rotated but found routes through thanks to effective right-side interchange. A 90th minute winner draws the battle lines.    Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.  […]

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In a slow and methodical FA Cup semi-final, deep buildups and counterpressing came to the forefront. Though neither team had dominated the shot count, Chelsea were more efficient in bypassing Manchester City’s pressure, to secure another trip to Wembley, thanks to the work of the front two.  Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.  January’s […]

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