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 […]

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 […]

Why Always Mesut?

When Arsenal lose matches they should win, people tend to go big on a couple of things. The first is a lack of leaders, which is an interesting and potentially plausible theory, even if it’s very difficult to quantify for observers on the outside. The second is Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker is always one […]

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 […]

Granit Xhaka Shows He’s On The Right Track For Arsenal

Even now, Granit Xhaka is misunderstood on a fairly consistent basis. Observers still insist on comparing him directly to N’Golo Kante and Victor Wanyama, which is unusual given that the Swiss international is a completely different player from the other two. Granted they were all new signings for London clubs at the start of the […]

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 […]

Cesc Fabregas Highlights His Box-to-Box Ability against Swansea

Despite chalking up his 300th Premier League appearance in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Swansea on Saturday, Cesc Fabregas would have been relieved just to have found his way into the starting line-up for the encounter at Stamford Bridge. It was his first league start for Chelsea in 2017, and just his 6th for the season, […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Giroud’s Physicality Allowed Arsenal to Alter Approach Against West Brom

In their recent home match against West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal dominated proceedings during the first half. They passed the ball around effortlessly, controlling nearly 80% of possession in the process, and they were rarely troubled by their opposition. The likes of Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil bumped the ball around between themselves with […]