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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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Tactical analysis Arsenal Chelsea Premier League 2-0

Arsenal’s pressing scheme and man-marking of Jorginho helped them secure a fast start. As they sat deeper, Chelsea got into more advanced positions but continued to demonstrate their problems breaking down deeper defenses. Arsenal then added a second goal, spurring a second half formation change from Emery that sealed the game. Tactical analysis and match […]

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Tactical Analysis Tottenham Hotspur - Manchester United 0-1 Premier League

Ole Gunnar Solsjær collected his sixth straight victory in charge of Manchester United. The away side implemented a counterattacking strategy that aimed to make use of a dynamic attacking lineup. Despite some promising transitions for United, it took a fantastic De Gea performance to stop a dominant Spurs side and take all three points.

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During the first half, the mobility and vision of Juan Mata allowed United to control an unruly Newcastle side. During the second half, the entrance of Jonjo Shelvey and a more aggressive defense allowed Newcastle to better control the game. However, United’s superior offensive talent would ultimately allow them to create the better chances… and […]

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