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 […]

Alexandre Lacazette Shows Wenger Why He Should Start Against Spurs

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for France in their 2-2 draw with Germany, and by this point in time, nobody could’ve been surprised by his performance. After all, this is the man who, with 30 goals across all competitions, has netted more often than any other Frenchman in 2017. That puts him ahead of football’s newest […]

Franck Kessie Highlights His Potential to Contribute for Milan

AC Milan didn’t exactly start well against Sassuolo. They weren’t awful by any means, and they certainly weren’t being exposed with regularity at the back, but there was a kind of staleness to their play. They could control possession with comfort, but they couldn’t progress. They ended up shifting the ball around in a U-shape, […]

Energetic Dani Alves Key to PSG’s Attack against Angers

  Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were the main destroyers against Angers, scoring two goals each in Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 win over the weekend. Together, they showed why the capital club invested so much money into acquiring them, but another player, right-back Dani Alves, proved equally important despite his recent arrival on a free transfer. […]

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 […]

Jack Wilshere Showing Signs of Working His Way Back to the Arsenal First Team

Jack Wilshere’s career has been impacted by highs as much as it has been by lows. Some of his work for Arsenal and England has been absolutely supreme, something evidenced by the fact that his UEFA Champions League performance against Barcelona, all the way back in 2011, has taken on something approaching mythical status. Yet […]

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 […]