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 […]

Liverpool Demolish Arsenal With Slick Transition Game

Arsenal were horrendous against Liverpool. Arsene Wenger made some curious personnel choices from the beginning, and they lacked any sort of ability to limit Liverpool’s qualities in transition throughout the 90 minutes. That cannot be disputed, but as much as the Gunners have been the team to generate the most discussion in the aftermath of […]

Fullbacks, Wide Men and Replacements: A look at Monaco’s 1-0 Win over Metz

It’s been a big summer of upheaval at AS Monaco. Following last season’s Ligue 1 success, they’ve lost a number of quality players to big spending opposition. Manchester City has swooped in for Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayako has joined Chelsea and Valere Germain has left for Marseille. Add in the heavy speculation […]

Arsenal Mix the Good with the Bad in Season Opener

The Premier League season opener again illustrated the qualities attached to England’s top-flight. There wasn’t necessarily much in the way of astute defending or tactical nous, but the excitement level was through the roof as Arsenal scored two late goals to claim a 4-3 win over Leicester City. The result left the home fans at […]

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 […]