Lyon Combine Pressing and Counter-Attacking to Outpoint Marseille

Lyon are an excellent counter-attacking team. They currently sit in 3rd place on the Ligue 1 table, and following the prodigous form of their two most advanced front men, No. 10 Nabil Fekir and striker Mariano, that’s absolutely where they deserve to be. More than that, though, they’re getting the best out of their attackers […]

Why It’s Worth Keeping Track of Juve’s Cuadrado-Mandzukic Partnership

Juventus and Inter played out a 0-0 draw last weekend, and if there was a moment that summarised things, it came in the closing minutes. As the game wandered towards its conclusion, Juan Cuadrado launched a cross into the area, towards the far post. Mario Mandzukic arrived at exactly that position, ready to make something […]

Arsenal Exploit Huddersfield’s System to Claim 5-0 Win

Arsenal’s 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield was quite strange to watch. The Gunners started with a very early goal, scored by Alexandre Lacazette after some slick passing, but they quickly shifted into a holding pattern of ball retention and the occasional piece of sloppy passing. That sloppy passing looked like it could be Huddersfield’s only real […]

Bayern Munich Overly Reliant on Crosses in 2-1 Defeat to Gladbach

Bayern Munich weren’t at their best against Borussia Monchengladbach. They struggled to find any rhythm in attack, and after conceding two first-half goals, they couldn’t find a way back. Arturo Vidal managed to set up an exciting finish by netting from the edge of the area midway through the second period, but against a tough, […]

Arsenal’s Organisation Allows Their Front Three to Outpoint Tottenham

Arsenal put in a complete performance against Tottenham in the North London Derby. They defended beautifully, firstly by pressing before then settling into a deeper structure after half-time, and they also attacked with a combination of intelligence and quality. In a lot of ways, it could be argued that this was a measured yet brilliant […]

Stuttgart’s Speed Too Much for Disorganised Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund didn’t have a great start against Stuttgart. In fact, it only took them five minutes to cough up a goal in remarkable circumstances. Stuttart midfielder Santiago Ascacibar hit a fairly harmless ball over the top, looking for Chadrac Akolo but not getting anywhere near finding him. That allowed Marc Bartra, Dortmund’s centre-back, to […]

Inter Attack the Right-Hand Side to Claim Victory against Verona

In their recent Serie A game against Verona, Inter attacked the right-hand side like few others teams have this season. By the end of the encounter, 51% of their attacks had originated from that part of the pitch, and given that the current league-leaders in attacking the right side of the field, Atalanta, average only […]

Liverpool Show Ability to Find Gaps in Man Utd Midfield in 0-0 Draw at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp wasn’t exactly thrilled with Liverpool’s performance against Manchester United, and in some ways, that was understandable. His Reds controlled the match, dominating in terms of both possession and shot creation, but they couldn’t find a way through. The contest therefore ended in a 0-0 stalemate, and though Klopp could understand why others would […]

Marseille exploit Nice’s Aggression To Claim Impressive Comeback Victory

In the early going, Nice looked to have the better of Marseille. During their Ligue 1 encounter on Sunday, Lucien Favre’s men took the lead just three minutes in, through a Mario Balotelli header, and doubled it not long after. When Jean Michael Seri’s deflected effort skidded into the back of the net, Nice were […]

Man City Exploit Shakhtar’s Aggression to Claim Hard-Fought 2-0 Victory

Manchester City were strong against Shakhtar Donetsk. They secured a 2-0 win in their Champions League fixture against the Ukrainian side, and while many would’ve predicted that at the outset, especially given the game was played at Etihad Stadium, it was a tricky one for Pep Guardiola’s men. “Tonight, we beat an amazing team,” the […]