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 […]

Guardiola Tries to Capitalise on Wingers in Loss against Compact Atletico

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich arrived in Spain, to face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, with a gameplan. According to veteran right-back Philipp Lahm, the aim was to withstand the early pressure that Diego Simeone’s men would undoubtedly apply. They wanted to get through that initial barrage of pressing […]

How High-Octane Bayer Leverkusen Blunted Bayern’s Attack

Bayer Leverkusen approach their football like few others in the German Bundesliga. They press with a staggering amount of intensity, so much so that they lead the league in tackles, with 20.7 per game. They’re also right up there for interceptions, coming in at 22.3 per game, behind only Werder Bremen’s 23.8. Although these are […]

Why Unbelievably Complete David Alaba Is Such An Integral Component Of Pep’s Plans

Heading into Bayern Munich’s game with Hoffenheim, Pep Guardiola had some major headaches as to who to pick to in defence, for Medhi Benatia, Rafinha, Juan Bernat, Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng were all unavailable through injury. While this certainly wasn’t an ideal situation to be in, Guardiola’s makeshift backline of Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, […]

Thomas Muller: Why Bayern Munich’s Genius Is Such An Extraordinary Player

Thomas Muller celebrated the signing of his new contract by scoring the decisive goal, a customarily well taken penalty, in Bayern Munich’s recent 1-0 victory over Hannover 96. Aside from clinching all three points for Die Roten to propel them to 15 wins from 17 league matches, Muller’s goal held extra significance, for it brought […]

Joshua Kimmich: Pep Guardiola’s Protege Shows Off His Marvellous Gifts In Superb Outing Vs Stuttgart

“Joshua was simply unbelievable. He deserves to play more often,” were the words spoken by Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola, on Joshua Kimmich, who had just put in an outstanding shift against Stuttgart. There’s no doubting Kimmich’s talent, but it’s just not that easy to break into Bayern’s wildly gifted midfield, which includes the likes […]

How Wenger’s Alterations Took Arsenal to Victory against Pep’s Bayern

In recent years, Arsenal have often been criticised for their so-called softness, but after a big win against Bayern Munich, which Arsene Wenger later described as a “necessity” for their Champions League campaign, no one could have questioned their determination. The Gunners battled away against the Bavarian side, and in contrast to their league form, […]

FC Bayern: Costa and Coman Demonstrate the Value of Inverted Wingers against Darmstadt

Prior to Bayern Munich’s Saturday afternoon clash with Darmstadt, Pep Guardiola’s team sheet included a number of alterations. As it turned out, none of these were enough to destabilise the Bavarian giants, who comfortably accounted for their Bundesliga rivals. The final score was 3-0, and as Darmstadt coach Dick Schuster stated in the aftermath, that […]