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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The principles of positional play in Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich
The words “Set, unmark and pass” are certainly intrinsically in the mind of any player of Pep Guardiola’s Bayern. The driving/progression/retention of the ball attracts the attention and the presence of opposing players whilst generating spaces that facilitate the movement of the backline offensively.
Analysis of Icardi’s play: An “old-school” footballer
The goal scored in Frosinone on Saturday marks Mauro Icardi’s fiftieth in one hundred matches played wearing the Inter jersey (a perfect average of half a goal per match that really does not reflect his seasonal average, which is slightly higher: 0.58 goals per match).
LA Galaxy escapes with a point as De Jong escapes red card
Sometimes we can be a little hysterical about challenges in football. Bound up by tribal loyalties or an earnest sense of protection, we forget that football is intense, physical and occasionally dangerous. Accidents happen and they always look worse in a slow motion replay. But Nigel de Jong’s challenge on Darlington Nagbe was no accident.
Conte’s 3-4-3: How it works
Without a doubt Conte’s recently signed contract with Chelsea runs the risk of creating some problems in the press for him because of the English media’s attention to the current National team coach’s past controversy with sports commissions and the law. However, from a tactical point of view there is no denying that his technical prowess is nothing short of exemplary.
Match analysis: Paris SG vs Manchester City
PSG and Man City are two teams that want to be European champions due to all of the investment they have made in recent years. Players with tremendous potential and different playing philosophies. Both committed errors but they were capable of being resilient.
Opposition analysis as a key to success
Preparation for the match takes on a fundamentally important role for achieving the end result. In a sport with such reduced margins, observing your opponent in order to learn strong and weak points constitutes a potential competitive edge that no team can do without.
Analysis of New England revolution victory over New York Red Bulls 1-0
“It’s shameful for me,” said New York Red Bulls’ coach Jesse Marsch afterwards. “The game is supposed to have honour.”
It’s a nice thought and in an ideal world, we would all conduct ourselves with grace and nobility. But as Bill Shankly once said, “If you don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.” And that’s exactly how New England Revolution won their first game of the season.
FC Dallas win over DC United
Still without a win this season, DC United manager Ben Olsen called for his players to be more clinical in front of goal before their meeting with a depleted FC Dallas. Unfortunately for him, most of his problems came at the other end of the pitch. DC were only missing defender Steve Birnbaum, but what a miss he proved to be. His team started brightly, pinning Dallas into their own half, albeit without really creating anything of note. But that hope was short-lived; quickly snuffed out by DC’s own hapless defenders.
What does it mean to change formation during the game?
Let’s try to understand what advantages it provides by looking at the Italian examples of Juventus and Fiorentina.
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Rashford opens the race for the top four
Since Guardiola was announced, of 11 matches Manchester City has won only 3.
This Premier League derby did not have a clear leader in terms of quantity/quality. The similar average position of both blocks of the teams only changed a little when in the 2nd half Manchester United defended the result on their own half.
MLS insight: Vieira’s NYCFC first defeat
To his eternal credit, Cyle Larin barely celebrates the goal that gives Orlando City victory in New York. But this is not because, as the reigning Rookie of the Year and a man who scored 17 goals last season, he is blasé about the art of scoring. No, it is because the ball has literally landed on his face and gone in.
Ranking Champions League contenders in quarter-finals
In recent Champions League editions there has never been such a clear favourite as this year.
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Stealing the opponent team identity could be the best move to send them into confusion.
According to the PSV coach Cocu, the game strategy had to be focused on the game control: never allowing space to the opponent team and attacking using vertical offence.
Troubles for Atlético Madrid appeared at minute 57 of the match.
Pepe Reina in Napoli’s vertical strategy
The game strategy of Sarri’s Napoli during the buildup stage sees the systematic involvement of the Goalkeeper.
This type of game enhances the great technical skills of Pep Reina, promoted by a game strategy that uses his ability to play vertically as key element.
Roma from Garcia to Spalletti a strong character even in difficult situations
From Udine back to Udine, Roma celebrates once more, but a century seems to have passed, not the thirteen months marked by the calendar.
Arsenal vs Barcelona: Different game strategies to prepare the 2nd leg battle
The 1st leg of this game had a different approach in terms of strategy on both sides.
The quantitative data available on the match report from Wyscout says that in the 1st half of the game Arsenal held its average position (block) at 46.22 m and in the 2nd half at 51.45 m
What went wrong for LA galaxy?
For European fans, unfamiliar with the vagaries of MLS, the Galaxy are an easy access point: they have a recognisable manager in Bruce Arena, who did so much for the national team between 1998 and 2006. They have a host of recognisable players, led by the likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Nigel de Jong, and they are of course, contrary to Bayern Munich’s nickname, the real FC Hollywood. But are they any good?
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