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 […]

How Schalke’s High-Intensity Pressing Troubled Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga

  Before Schalke 04 took to the field for Friday night’s game against Bayern Munich, their manager, Markus Weinzierl, talked about their tactical options. “There are two possible approaches for us to take for the game,” he said. “Either sit deep, or try to push higher up and put the opposition under pressure.” It wouldn’t […]

Bayern Exploit the Flanks to Dismantle Werder Bremen in Bundesliga Opener

After taking over from Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti has no doubts about what he’s inherited. “I’ve said before the team has fantastic qualities from the Guardiola era,” he said, “especially [in terms of] the control and ball possession.” Those qualities were yet again evident in Bayern’s Bundesliga opener, played at home against […]

Karim Benzema’s Journey from the Next Anelka to Real Madrid Mainstay

Karim Benzema was brilliant in the most recent iteration of El Clasico. He worked hard, made a series of excellent runs and, perhaps most importantly, facilitated much of Real Madrid’s best build-up play. In fact, he just about managed to roll all of these characteristics into a single moment of quality immediately before Los Blancos’ […]