Tag: Xavi

Though this edition of El Clásico had little value and meaning behind it, the attitudes, bragging rights, and momentum provided gave it serious implications for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. The league champions looked lost on account of Barcelona’s defensive structure, and they were thoroughly humiliated by the play of Xavi’s midfielders. Tactical analysis and […]

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Barcelona overcame Real Betis’ challenge to set up a final against Real Madrid. It was a game of two halves. Xavi’s side dominated the midfield in the first half, while Betis began penetrating Barcelona’s defense in the second. In the end, Marc-André ter Stegen’s penalty shootout heroics was the difference between the sides. Tactical analysis […]

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Barcelona responded to their draw against Espanyol in fiery fashion; they came out flying against Atlético Madrid, utilizing numerical advantages in midfield and a high intensity counterpress to give the hosts absolutely nothing for the first thirty minutes of the match. Though Atlético Madrid clawed their way back into the game, they could not overcome […]

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Barcelona dominated possession here but struggled to get through Inter’s compact 5-3-2 shape, finding themselves with a lot of u-shaped circulation. Hakan Çalhanoğlu netted from range at the end of the first half, which left Barcelona chasing the game against a defensive scheme that they ultimately did not have the answers to. Tactical analysis and […]

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