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 […]

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 […]

Liverpool Opt for Control over Intensity in Win against Man City

Despite the size and the reputation of the two sides involved, Liverpool’s New Year’s Eve clash with Manchester City didn’t exactly produce fireworks. There wasn’t much in the way of exciting attacking football, and due to a combination of high-octane intensity and the general sloppiness that infiltrated the contest, scrappy would probably be a fair […]

A Look at Denis Suarez and his Path to the Barcelona First Team

Barcelona is a team full of big names, and a number of them played last weekend against Sevilla. Headlined by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, the attacking trio otherwise known as “MSN,” and supported by the likes of Sergio Busquets, Barca’s stars led them to a 2-1 win in the league against Jorge Sampaoli’s […]

Man Utd: Ibrahimovic Mixes the Good with the Bad against Manchester City

As far as bizarre performances go, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s League Cup effort against Manchester City was right up there with the best of them. He combined horrendous turnovers with moments of magic over the span of his 90 minutes on the pitch, and as if to keep it neat and tidy for the fans in the […]

Fernandinho’s Drive Essential to Man City’s Attack against Arsenal

In Manuel Pellegrini’s last ever home game as Manchester City manager, his players came out with intent. They pressed high up the Etihad Stadium pitch in a bid to win the ball back quickly against Arsenal, and for Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger, this wasn’t exactly what he anticipated. “I was surprised by the intensity of […]

Slick Positional Play Key to Liverpool’s Thumping 3-0 Win over Man City

Liverpool may have missed out on the Capital One Cup after losing the final to Manchester City last weekend, but a few days later, they got the chance to get revenge against the Sky Blues in the English Premier League. They made the most of it, too, bouncing back from the recent defeat to claim […]

Laurent Koscielny: Arsenal’s Ball-Playing Defender Stars Yet Again Against Man City

It seems like it’s taken some time, but the football world is now finally starting to appreciate the qualities of Laurent Koscielny to a significant degree. Rio Ferdinand, a former star defender himself, recently hailed the Frenchman for his aggression at the back. “Laurent Koscielny, when he’s on form, he’s the best defender in the […]

Why Aleksandar Kolarov Is Such A Vital Component Within Manuel Pellegrini’s Man City

It’s amazing to think that just five and a half years ago Aleksandar Kolarov was playing in a talented Lazio side that featured the likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Eliseu, Mauro Zarate, Matuzalem, Goran Pandev, Fernando Muslera and Tommaso Rocchi. While all of these players have now departed the club, none of them have enjoyed a […]

Liverpool: Klopp’s Pressing Regime Creates the Play against Manchester City

“Gegenpressing is the best playmaker there is.” By now, most football fans can tell you that these words were said by Jurgen Klopp. He may have made this statement during his days in Germany, while coaching Borussia Dortmund, but his philosophy has translated just as clearly to the English game. Now managing Liverpool, Klopp has […]