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Mourinho's excellent match preparation in Europa League Final

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Victor Sanchez's Multifaceted Movement Key in Espanyol's Build-Up

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Dani Alves: technical overview of Coppa Italia decisive player

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Jonny Evans: one of the finest defenders in Europe

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Ziyech's play in Ajax offensive strategy

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Hakim Ziyech: A real number 10

Hakim Ziyech, born in 1993, pure talent, already a technical point of reference on the Moroccan National team, as well as on Twente, quickly rose to idol status for fans of the Dutch team. Last year he ended his rookie season in a Tukkers jersey with 11 goals and the most assists of anyone in the entire league.
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Analysis of André Gomes: How could he fit into Juventus?

Juventus, fresh from winning its fifth consecutive championship shield, is making plans for next season.
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Portland Timbers find their groove in a 2-1 success over Toronto FC

As title defences go, Portland Timbers effort had thus far fallen into the ‘Chelsea’ category. Victors over Columbus Crew on the opening day of the season (a replay of the 2015 final and with the same score too) gave a false read for the weeks ahead.
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Space and movement as key-factors to improve performance

A Roma team fully in the running for second place that, under Spalletti's direction, has rediscovered energy and organisation, so much that they have brought home eleven consecutive wins.
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Match analysis: Atlético Madrid vs Bayern Munich 1-0

Due to various reasons there are teams that rebuild their squads. In some cases they decide to change or rebuild because the performance that they have obtained has been below the created expectations.
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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.
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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.
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Impressive LA Galaxy win over Real Salt Lake

For the uninitiated, there is much that separates Major League Soccer from other notable leagues around the world. There is the single entity business structure, the draft system, the designated star player policies. But most of all, in these opening weeks, there is the sense that no team is considerably better than any other. At least, that was the case until this weekend when LA Galaxy faced the undefeated Real Salt Lake and pulled their pants down in front of everyone.
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Set pieces as determining factors: How the Champions League semi-finalists defend

In matches that are more and more played at the limit and battled out in episodes, set pieces could be determining factors in shifting balances. Match analysis has a dual value: on the one hand, understanding what current defensive organisation trends are and on the other, understanding where Real, Atletico, Bayern and Manchester City can try to build their offensive plays.
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What made the difference in Roma vs Napoli match

Are the most entertaining matches the ones between the big teams that end 5-0 or maybe 4-3 or perhaps the ones that end 0-0 or with a win that was just barely pulled off?
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Youssef Ait Bennasser

This season, although playing in Ligue 2 with Nancy, Youssef Ait Bennasser has already managed to attract the interest of many big European clubs: 21 matches with 2 goals and 2 assists in 2014-15, this year he has already seen playing time in 21 matches and scored one goal.
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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.
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Tactical analysis of FC Barcelona weaknesses vs Valencia

Even with the best players in the world on the roster, the lack of lucidity cannot help but accompany the negative dynamic instead of reversing it.
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Analysis of Vieira’s New York City defeat

In the first six games of his managerial career, we have seen innovation and ambition from Patrick Vieira. But it’s been five games since we’ve seen a win.
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How to attack a fully manned defence with two players

What are the two main factors in an effective attack?

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