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Tactical analysis Chelsea - Manchester City League Cup Final 0-0

It’s only February, but Manchester City already won their second trophy of the season. It was by no means a walk in the park though for Pep Guardiola’s men. Kepa Arrizabalaga’s on-pitch antics and his refusal to be substituted will probably make the headlines, bit below that story actually laid a decent performance by Chelsea. […]

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Tactical analysis Manchester United - Liverpool 0-0 Premier League

Manchester United and Liverpool drew in a dull game that was heavily conditioned by the multiple injuries that occurred during the first half. Liverpool maintained control of possession throughout the game, but they struggled to create danger in the final third. The second half brought little changes to the game state. Tactical analysis and match […]

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s United side bounced back from their disappointing display against PSG with a feisty counterattacking approach, again adopting a 4-4-2 diamond system for a big away game. Apart from bursts of activity from Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s possession was tame. First half goals from Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera were enough to allow United […]

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In a game that was essentially over after twenty-five minutes, Manchester City overwhelmed Chelsea in all phases of play. Agüero was key in overcoming Chelsea’s press, Jorginho was pressed out of the game, and City efficiently took advantage of Chelsea’s individual mistakes in defense. Despite Chelsea’s best efforts and a more relaxed City after the […]

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Apart from a few good counterattacks, Everton did not trouble City’s defense at all. Their impressive defensive shape did partly nullify City for large parts of the match. Especially their very organized midfield set-up hindered the opponents. As for the visitors, they created a lot of good opportunities by stretching the play horizontally, creating multiple […]

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The title race in England is still partly open, as Liverpool failed to capitalize on Manchester City’s loss against Newcastle United. A very unexpected result, moreso because Sadio Mané scored as early as the second minute, putting the wind in Liverpool’s sails. But Leicester hung on and worked themselves back into the contest, allowing them […]

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Tactical analysis Arsenal - Manchester United 1-3 FA Cup

Sturdy defending and quickfire counterattacks allowed Manchester United to take a commanding lead despite Arsenal pressure. From there it was all about careful game management, a test which the new manager passed with flying colors. Arsenal were subsequently sent crashing out of the FA Cup, but a promising performance means there are positives to take […]

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Huddersfield’s shape against the ball was not enough to stop Manchester City’s attack despite a very strong defensive approach. Guardiola’s men were very passive in the first forty-five minutes, but got into the groove of things in the second half to triumph over Huddersfield. Tactical analysis by Chris Baker. Caretaker manager Mark Hudson made six changes […]

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