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  • Isolation-based Pressing in a 4-4-2

    Porto played excellently in the 1st leg of their Round of 16 tie against Juventus at the Estádio do Dragão. The principal factor behind their victory was the efficacy of their pressing which successfully confined Juventus and prevented them from sustaining dangerous pressure. Federico Chiesa’s late goal means the game is still open going to…

  • Analyzing Jorge Sampaoli’s Time in Brazil

    After two years and two months, Jorge Sampaoli’s time in Brazil has reached its end. The 60-year-old rescinded his contract as Atlético Mineiro manager on February 22; four days later, he was announced as the new coach of Olympique de Marseille, replacing caretaker manager Nasser Larguet and taking charge on a contract until June 2023.…

  • Tactical Analysis: RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

    The top clash in the Bundesliga this weekend saw RB Leipzig take on Borussia Mönchengladbach, with the game seeing Julian Nagelsmann take on Marco Rose once again. Clashes between the two managers are always tactically interesting, with Rose’s pressing concepts usually making a strong opponent for Nagelsmann’s flexible structures. Mönchengladbach got off to an early…

  • Tactical Analysis: Inter 3-0 Milan

    The enthralling Derby della Madonnina on Sunday was one of the most important and highly anticipated in years. With Juventus looking more vulnerable than ever, the two Milan clubs are in the title picture realistically, with just a point separating Inter and Milan at the top at the time of kick-off.   Backed heavily by…

  • Tactical Analysis: Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid In Possession

    Following the previous article of Atlético when in possession, we will now delve deeper into analysing when they have the ball. This season, they have moved from a more direct approach to a more possession-based style that tries to dominate the game.   This is due to them now having very technical players who would…

  • Tactical Analysis: Liverpool’s Struggles in Front of Goal This Season

    As we have seen this year, Liverpool’s lack of goals has been evident in comparison with the last two seasons in which the team was in great form and was able to score consistently. After 25 matches, Liverpool currently sit sixth in the Premier League — level on points with crosstown rivals Everton — having…

  • Tactical Analysis: Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid Out of Possession

    When you think of Atlético de Madrid’s playing style, you immediately think of a strictly defensive team that plays direct football and exploits counter-attacks. You get a flashback of the 2013/14 season where most of the games they would start winning and then defend in a low block 4-4-2 for the rest of the game. …

  • How Manchester City Created Space Against Newcastle’s 5-4-1

    Despite Manchester City’s success against low blocks since the arrival of Pep Guardiola in 2016, they have always struggled against the 5-4-1. When questioned by Gary Neville in August 2018 about whether or not Guardiola had been implementing new tactical ideas in pre-season training, he replied “Yes, we found a lot of problems to attack…

  • The Secret to Atletico Madrid’s Success: Balance and Adapting to Luis Suárez

    Atlético Madrid have enjoyed a very impressive season in La Liga so far. They have accumulated an impressive 55 points with 17 wins, 4 draws, and only 2 losses. They sit comfortably in first place, three points ahead of local rivals Real Madrid despite having one game in hand, and have conceded 16 goals in…

  • Tactical Analysis: The First Weeks of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea

    The past 12 months have been quite a crazy time at Chelsea Football Club. It was just one year ago when Chelsea confirmed the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, a transfer that would introduce a record spending spree after qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, with the West London club splurging over £200 million…