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 […]

Liverpool Lacked Patience in 1-1 Draw with Burnley

Liverpool were left frustrated in the wake of the 1-1 draw with Burnley. In Jurgen Klopp’s own words, they played “proper football – offensive football, dominant football, possession football how it should be.” The final part of that sentence, however, is probably a bit of a stretch, as in order to truly do things as […]

Mohamed Elneny Shows his Value with Functional Performance against Cologne

Mohamed Elneny isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. There’s not a lot of flash to his game, and many of his passes are simply short balls designed to tick over possession. He doesn’t dribble much and he doesn’t have the kind of raw pace and power that observers tend to enjoy, but even without all of […]

Nice Put Monaco to the Sword with Swift Counter-Attacking Game

Nice hosted local rivals Monaco last weekend, and they probably would’ve gone into the game thinking they were up against it. Their opponents, the reigning Ligue 1 champions, went into the match not only with an unblemished record in the current campaign, but also on a 24 match unbeaten streak in the league. Throw in […]

Man City and Leroy Sane Ruthlessly Exploit Numerical Advantage against Liverpool

Manchester City and Liverpool was shaping up nicely. Pep Guardiola’s men were getting their possession game going, and through the strike team of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, generating some important opportunities to score. Liverpool, meanwhile, were finding avenues into the final third through the pace of their wide men. Mohamed Salah was particularly important […]