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Senegal’s Mané and Keita special offensive transition

In a competition like the African Cup of Nations (CAF), where the balance is traditionally shifted by the expectation of technical or athletic ..

Everton vs Swansea 1-1: analysis of Ronald Koeman’s team

It all looked so rosy at Goodison Park back in mid-September.

Bournemouth vs Sunderland: An Unexpected Win

It finally happened. After eleven games and what felt like an eternity of pain and frustration, Sunderland won a game of football.

Are Leicester Turning The Corner?

Leicester City picked up their first away point of the season last weekend and they did it by…

How Benitez is fixing Newcastle

Football is a chaotic game that, in spite of efforts from the richest clubs and certain cowed governing bodies to ensure otherwise ...

The 4 Key Technical aspects of France strategy heading to the 2018 World Cup

Three months have passed since their defeat in the Euro2016 finals and France has hit the ground running toward the World Cup.

Conte’s Chelsea tactics: 3-4-3 new formation and team defence

After an excellent start, Antonio Conte's new Chelsea approached the second Premier League stop with 13 points in...

Swansea's Pressing vs Man City Nearly Paid Off

Poor Francesco Guidolin. The Italian manager saved Swansea from relegation last season (with a bit of help from Alan Curtish while he was fighting off serious illness) but he's in a lot of trouble now.

Everton: What has changed under Koeman?

By the end of his tenure, Everton were playing such miserable football that sacking Roberto Martinez became the merciful, as well as the necessary, thing to do.

How Higuain skills integrate into Juventus: the goal vs Sassuolo

Gonzalo Higuain is integrating into Massimiliano Allegri's system and Juventus is learning to take advantage of his intuition and his magnificent goal scoring skills.

How is Mike Phelan saving Hull City: tactics and key players

Hull City started the season with 12 fully fit senior players, a caretaker manager, absolutely no votes of confidence from the media, and yet with two wins...

What should Arsenal expect from new-look Southampton

After what was, for the most part, yet another anxious transfer window, Arsenal's supporters now find themselves in a curious position.

Juventus new tactical setup and key players after the transfer window

Juventus was one of the most active clubs during the summer transfer market...

Ivan Jurić’s Genoa after Gasperini: new attacking tactics and formation

The beginning of a new cycle for Genoa involves some softer and expected changes...

Spurs look ahead to Liverpool match with new signing Janssen and Wanyama

By the standards of this particularly excitable transfer window, Tottenham’s summer captures have been markedly low key. Maurico Pochettino...

Video analysis: Set pieces as determining factors to create scoring opportunities

The rate of set pieces in an important football event like Euro 2016 has always been a subject of interest...

New Italy coach Giampiero Ventura: strategy and formation of the team

Although they particularly stress a clean ball coming from the defence, Conte and Ventura's teams do not play...

Evolution of Chile's pressing from Marcelo Bielsa to Juan Antonio Pizzi

For the second year in a row, Chile has won Copa América in the final against Argentina. The first two titles in Chile's history have roots...

Principles of a fluid and complete team

After meeting Foggia on the first day of Coppa Italia, I am seeing a more mature team, more aware of their own qualities. A team that I would define as fluid, able to mould endlessly with respect to the various play situations.

Why Sevilla is ready to re-write Europa League history

Sevilla are re-writing the history of European football by reaching the final of the Europa League. During their previous two matches the team, led by Unai Emery, was victorious. Let's have a closer look at the second semi-final of their Europa League game with Shakhtar Donetsk and see where Sevilla’s strength truly lies.

Statistical analysis of Casemiro impact on Real Madrid performance

The demanding Santiago Bernabeu fans are often divided over his importance. But Casemiro's contribution to the cause of a Real Madrid that is astonishingly back in the race for the Liga and in the Champions League semi-finals can be anything but overlooked.

Jorginho’s role in Sarri’s tactical scheme

If a team bases its game play on precise mechanisms practised during training, and if the opposing teams come onto the pitch with the specific intent of blocking those mechanisms, a coach finds himself in a crucial dilemma: either find a solution or be forced to distort your game play.

Statistical analysis of Atletico Madrid growth in the last 3 years

Two Champions League semi-finals in the last three years, consistent top spots in Liga and two eliminations inflicted on Barcelona, both in the quarter finals of the most important cup.

Barcelona beyond the "MSN" trio

Praise galore has been heaped on Barcelona's star trio, Messi-Suarez-Neymar, also dubbed MSN. Their phenomenal results speak for themselves. The fact is though that many observers believe, perhaps rather simplistically, that they alone are behind Barça’s success. The strength of Luis Enrique’s team is, however, more than the sum of this trio.

Guardiola’s Bayern individual battles and combined manoeuvres to get free

Ten seconds that changed the course of a match, perhaps of an entire competition. The play that led to Bayern's draw against Juventus during the Champions League round of 16 embodies the entire essence of the game of football: individual battles, combined manoeuvres to get free, defensive/offensive transition, breadth, depth, density and concentration
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Ranking Champions League contenders in quarter-finals

In recent Champions League editions there has never been such a clear favourite as this year.