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 […]

Everton’s Strategy Leaves Them Exposed Against Liverpool’s Lively Attack

Despite Ronald Koeman’s post-match claims that he was proud of Everton’s effort in their 3-1 loss to Liverpool over the weekend, there was no escaping the fact that, in a tactical sense, he got it wrong. In a tough and occasionally even dirty Merseyside derby, the Dutchman asked his players to line up in a […]

Juventus and Sampdoria Prepared for their Next Round of Fixtures after Top Tactical Encounter

Juventus retained their lead at the top of Serie A last matchday, claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win against Sampdoria. The club’s manager, Max Allegri, warned against complacency prior to the match, and even went so far as to argue that the players might find their upcoming UEFA Champions League tie against Barcelona easier to handle. […]

Barcelona Brilliant yet Slightly Unhinged in 4-2 Win over Valencia

Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Valencia was an exciting one. 6 goals, a red card for Valencia centre-back Eliaquim Mangala and yet another lovely display from Lionel Messi, who not only scored twice but also offered five key passes. The scoreline, however, hints at the fact that Barca weren’t overly assured throughout the course of the […]

Weinzierl and Goretzka Lead Schalke in Comeback UEL Win over Gladbach

    Markus Weinzierl charged onto the field after Schalke secured their place in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, enthusiastically congratulating, almost thanking, his players after their away goals win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the process. His excitement was understandable, not only in light of Schalke’s struggles in the Bundesliga, which currently see them sitting […]

Man Utd Highlight Ability to Shift Gears During Win Over Watford

Manchester United played like a big team in their win over Watford, at least until half-time. They possessed the ball readily, enjoying 62% of it up until the interval, and probed and prodded until Watford’s resistance was broken in the 32nd minute, courtesy of some tidy work from goalscorer Juan Mata. Throw in a shot […]

Man City Show the Value of Counter-Attacking for Big Teams

Football isn’t always easy for the big teams. They often come up against well organised defensive units and, most of the time, those units will sit back in a compact shape to make themselves difficult to penetrate. This means scoring isn’t a straightforward proposition, and sometimes, despite the quality of player lining up for the […]

Variety Key to Liverpool’s Chances in the League

  On the surface, Liverpool looked to have been a little unlucky against Swansea. They enjoyed 74% of possession, 16 shots and allowed their opposition to shoot only six times. Ordinarily, that level of control would have been enough to generate a win, but the reality was rather different, as Liverpool went home with a […]

Tottenham Combine Strategy and Execution to Dismantle Chelsea

On Wednesday night at White Hart Lane, Tottenham managed to snap Chelsea’s 13-game winning streak by propelling themselves towards a 2-0 victory. It wasn’t easy for them, especially given the intensive defensive strategies employed by both teams, but courtesy of a well-developed plan and an impressive ability to execute, Spurs managed to consign Antonio Conte […]

Liverpool Opt for Control over Intensity in Win against Man City

Despite the size and the reputation of the two sides involved, Liverpool’s New Year’s Eve clash with Manchester City didn’t exactly produce fireworks. There wasn’t much in the way of exciting attacking football, and due to a combination of high-octane intensity and the general sloppiness that infiltrated the contest, scrappy would probably be a fair […]