Lille Make Encouraging Start to Ligue 1 Under Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa is always a name that football fans like to hear. It reminds them of high-octane pressing and fast-paced attacking football. The news that he would be returning to football, and Ligue 1, with Lille was therefore met with much excitement, and after the club’s season opener against Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, it’s clear that […]

Lingard, Passing and Pereira: 3 Key Things From Man Utd’s win over RSL

Manchester United’s 2-1 friendly win over Real Salt Lake was an eventful one. RSL made a raft of changes 30 minutes in, something which allowed United to get the ascendancy. Then, early in the second half, Antonio Valencia received a red card for a ludicrous challenge, especially given the game was only a friendly. Despite […]

Real Madrid Use The Flanks To Claim Champions League Crown Against Juventus

Real Madrid opened the scoring in last weekend’s UEFA Champions League final, played against Juventus, with a lovely piece of play. They moved forward at pace along the left-hand side, through the swift passing of Modric and Kroos. Benzema then took possession in a true centre-forward position, at which point he slid the ball wide […]

Wenger Gets It Right With Varied Attack to Outpoint Chelsea In FA Cup Final

Arsene Wenger is never going to get many compliments for his tactical efforts. Featuring in a league alongside managers such as Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, he’s always going to be viewed as something of an old-timer, maybe even one who is being left behind by the younger brigade. […]

Wolfsburg Need More On-Pitch Clarity In Order To Survive Relegation Play-Off

Following their 2-1 defeat to Hamburg on the final matchday of the Bundesliga season, VfL Wolfsburg have retreated to the Dutch town of De Lutte, located on the Dutch-German border, to settle in for a brief training camp. That camp is needed to ready the side for their relegation play-off against Eintracht Braunschweig, a two-legged […]

Cross-Happy Inter Need to Add Variety in Order to Improve

Inter is always one of the more interesting clubs in Italian football, and it isn’t always for positives reasons. Now is one of those moments. Anything positive is well and truly in the rear-view mirror for the Nerazzurri, and in its place is a combination of poor performance on the pitch, fan revolt and a […]

Barcelona’s Speed and Quality Too Much For Brave Las Palmas

No one could argue that Las Palmas weren’t brave against Barcelona. They didn’t sit back and move into absorb-and-counter mode, and they didn’t play reactive football. Instead, they were proactive. They pressed the Barcelona back four, held a high line and even tried to play out from defence. Essentially, they were offering their home fans […]

3 Key Things from Juventus-Monaco

Juventus travelled to Monaco for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, and they did exactly what their coach, Max Allegri, would’ve wanted. The Bianconeri controlled the ball for the first half-hour, scored an away goal and then settled into a more defensive shape to lessen Monaco’s threat in transition. In many ways, […]

Leicester City and Riyad Mahrez Show Their Class in UCL Encounter against Atletico

In simple terms, Leicester City’s 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final wasn’t enough for them. That’s because they lost the first leg 1-0, meaning that the Spanish side won 2-1 on aggregate and now progress to the final four of Europe’s biggest club tournament. Yet there was […]

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid Both Attack the Flanks, But in Different Ways

Bayern Munich took the lead in the home leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid, but following the sending-off of Javi Martinez, they succumbed to the added pressure and lost 2-1. That will make things tough for the German outfit in the return leg, but one of the more interesting features of […]