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Pjanic and Benatia's Juventus: New roles, tactics and strategy vs Tottenham

Juventus is one of the big players in the European transfer market. While waiting to see the last great coup, Higuain, along with Dani Alves and Pjaca, for the first time, Allegri had the chance...

Individual movements to confuse the opposing team

It often happens during important competitions like the ones that are currently taking place – Copa America and Euro 2016 in particular – that the curiosity about which play strategies will prevail works its way into football enthusiasts' debates. What is sometimes forgotten is that the individual plays will be the ones that really make the difference. And quite often, even if the most superficial spectators do not realise it, every single play is the result, especially for the most organised teams, of specific drills that are run dozens and dozens of times in training.

Analysis of FC Barcelona’s defence

Barcelona got back on the pitch after the break with a slightly less confident step and one might wonder if Luis Enrique's team isn't risking thwarting everything good they have built thus far.

Analysis of Germany's tactics in recent games

Winning the World Cup and the European Cup two years apart is no easy task, but Germany's goal is still to prevail even within the borders of the continent.

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.

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

Bayern Munich vs Juventus ball possession as a culture win as a state of mind

As a fan you might potentially think that Bayern Munich vs Juventus was a game where the result couldn’t have been predicted. But as a coach one would have, because using different styles and different way of thinking always give the chance to go beyond.

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?