Tactics: 3 Key Things from PSG’s 4-2 Coupe de France Triumph over Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain produced an efficient performance to defend their Coupe de France title, defeating Olympique de Marseille 4-2 in the final. The Saturday night clash started with early drama, as mere seconds after OM winger Abdulaziz Barrada fired a long-range strike just wide of goal, PSG opened the scoring through Blaise Matuidi. Marseille were behind […]

Tactical Analysis: Barca Claim the Title with a Solid 3-0 Win over Gritty Granada

For Barcelona, the final day equation was simple. Win away at Granada and the league title would be theirs, slip up and it would be Real Madrid’s. In the end, Barca did it pretty easily. They took a 2-0 lead in the first half against a defensively minded Granada before having to endure a tougher […]

Portugal Press their Way to Success against Serbia

Going into the final game of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, Portugal had already secured top spot in Group I. As a consequence, coach Fernando Santos viewed the clash, against Serbia, as little more than a chance to test the depth of his squad. He swapped out seven members of the side who featured in […]

Southampton: Cedric and Mane Shine Down the Right-Hand Side against Norwich

During Southampton’s tidy 3-0 win over Norwich, Ronald Koeman elected, in the 73rd and 81st minutes respectively, to take off his two best players on the day. Cedric Soares, the Saints’ right-back, was the first man to go, and Sadio Mane followed moments later. In some ways it was strange to see the two stars […]

Copa America: Messi and the Right-Hand Side Could be Key to Argentina’s Success

After Argentina’s collapse against Paraguay, where they squandered a two-goal lead to succumb to an eventual 2-2 draw, Lionel Messi was restless. He stalked the corridors of the squad’s Copa America base, in La Serena, angry at the events that had unfolded in the hours previous. Maybe it was for that reason that he opted […]

Javier Pastore’s Nifty Movement and Understanding with Messi a Real Positive for Argentina

Javier Pastore followed on from his excellent season at PSG by putting in a fine shift in Argentina’s Copa America opener. Despite Tata Martino’s side somehow contriving to succumb to Paraguay’s second half surge, which saw the game finish 2-2, Pastore performance was full of upside, with his movement, ability to identify space and understanding […]

Chile’s High-Octane Philosophy Sets Them Apart in Quest for Copa America Crown

Built in the image of Marcelo Bielsa, the current Chile national side needs only one more thing: confirmation of its quality. To do that, the collective will need to claim some silverware, and as they play host to South America’s premier footballing nations in the 2015 Copa America, coach Jorge Sampaoli will be hopeful of […]

Tactics: Hamburg Salvage 1-1 Draw in Struggle to Maintain over 51 Years of History

51 years is a long time, and no club in world football is more aware of that than Hamburg. Known as the Bundesliga’s “dinosaurs,” Hamburg are proud of the fact that they, and they alone, are the only ever-present club in league history. They even display a giant clock in their home stadium, the Imtech […]

Tactics: Arsenal Improve after Struggling for Shape Early against Manchester United

Arsenal’s past trips to Old Trafford have often had significant stakes attached to them. There are regularly trophies to be played for, reputations to be upheld and bragging rights to be claimed, and while the most recent encounter between the two sides didn’t have the same level of incentive for either side, there was still […]

Atletico, Arda and Juanfran Attack The Right against Levante

Atletico Madrid travelled to Levante, on Sunday afternoon, with only one objective in mind: to secure Champions League qualification for the following season. The scene was set for them, too. Playing on the sun-drenched Ciutat de Valencia, up against a side fighting grimly for survival, they were able to make the running from the outset. […]