Adama Diakhaby Shows Both Rawness and Immense Potential for Monaco

Adama Diakhaby looked to be going places late last season, and at that point in time, he most certainly was. He finished up his first campaign with Rennes with a brilliant double against AS Monaco, the highlight of which was was a sharp turn of pace, after receiving a long diagonal, to breeze beyond Monaco’s […]

Why Roberto Firmino’s Movement is so Important for Liverpool

During Liverpool’s recent 2-1 victory over Leicester City, Mohamed Salah stole the headlines by scoring an impressive double. That made him the star of the show, but Roberto Firmino was equally important to the Reds. His ability to operate in the centre-forward position, through the use of some sharp and clever movement, was one of […]

Lyon Combine Pressing and Counter-Attacking to Outpoint Marseille

Lyon are an excellent counter-attacking team. They currently sit in 3rd place on the Ligue 1 table, and following the prodigous form of their two most advanced front men, No. 10 Nabil Fekir and striker Mariano, that’s absolutely where they deserve to be. More than that, though, they’re getting the best out of their attackers […]

Why It’s Worth Keeping Track of Juve’s Cuadrado-Mandzukic Partnership

Juventus and Inter played out a 0-0 draw last weekend, and if there was a moment that summarised things, it came in the closing minutes. As the game wandered towards its conclusion, Juan Cuadrado launched a cross into the area, towards the far post. Mario Mandzukic arrived at exactly that position, ready to make something […]

Bayer Leverkusen Speedster Leon Bailey Continues to Highlight His Potential

Leon Bailey continues to show that he’s a difference maker. Last Friday night, in Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-0 win over Stuttgart, he supplied the two assists. The first was the real feature, and as Bailey beat a man out on the byline and outpointed another, dribbling beyond the opposition markers with typically tricky feet, it wasn’t […]

3 Key Things: A look at How Cesc Fabregas Used Clever Movement to Dominate against Newcastle

Cesc Fabregas produced a supreme display of midfield passing play in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United. He pulled the strings with his distribution, hitting long balls and shorter flicks around the corner, and this enabled him to be one of the game’s dominant players. Playing as a right-sided central midfielder, as a part of […]

Arsenal Exploit Huddersfield’s System to Claim 5-0 Win

Arsenal’s 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield was quite strange to watch. The Gunners started with a very early goal, scored by Alexandre Lacazette after some slick passing, but they quickly shifted into a holding pattern of ball retention and the occasional piece of sloppy passing. That sloppy passing looked like it could be Huddersfield’s only real […]

Bayern Munich Overly Reliant on Crosses in 2-1 Defeat to Gladbach

Bayern Munich weren’t at their best against Borussia Monchengladbach. They struggled to find any rhythm in attack, and after conceding two first-half goals, they couldn’t find a way back. Arturo Vidal managed to set up an exciting finish by netting from the edge of the area midway through the second period, but against a tough, […]

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 […]