FC Barcelona – SD Eibar 3:0


FC Barcelona – Eibar 3:0 Barcelona played one of their best games of the season against a team who has been causing other top Spanish clubs trouble. Eibar managed to defeat Sociedad as well as draw against Villarreal and Athletic Club. Barcelona looked like the club we all know they can be and might have […]

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Crystal Palace – Chelsea 1:2

Lineups at the beginning of the second half.

Chelsea (1st place) and Crystal Palace (16th place) played a half of 11 vs. 11 and then decided that was too boring. Instead, each team received a red card before halftime and played 10 vs. 10 in the second half. Chelsea put on an impressive display and showcased their growth since the beginning of the […]

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Counter- or Gegenpressing

lemma of zonal positioning

Gegenpressing has been a buzzword in football tactics for the last five years and has garnered more and more attention in the media recently. Because of the success of FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, gegen- or counterpressing has been brought up as one of the main reasons for their titles. BVB, in particular, is defined […]

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FC Schalke 04 – Borussia Dortmund 2:1

Basic Formation

Schalke 04 picked up the next three points in a week and celebrated an important victory as they beat local rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Revierderby. The next winless game gives Jürgen Klopp worry lines.

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Arsenal – Tottenham 1:1

Arsenal finding Ozil in the halfspace and improved movements in their diagonality from this space.

Wenger hasn’t finished beneath Tottenham in the English Premier League in 18 seasons and looks to extend his record. New Spurs manager Pochettino looked to give his team their 50th win in the league against Arsenal in his first North London Derby. This was a game of many ups and downs for Arsenal with 2 injuries […]

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The Half-Spaces


This article will delve into an oft-neglected area in tactics theory: the half-spaces.

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FC Barcelona – Athletic Bilbao 2:0

Barcelona's wide central midfielders + Messi situationally dropping deeper in their 2-6-2 graduation.

Athletic Club looked to get a result away at the Camp Nou and Barcelona sought to continue its run as the only team in La Liga to have a 100% record. Barcelona celebrated the 300th National Day of Catalonia (September 11th) and wore the Senyera kit to commemorate the event. Both teams tried to achieve their goals through aggressive pressure, but […]

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Everton – Chelsea 3:6

Basic formations at the start of the match.

Two of the higher level teams in the English Premier League met on Saturday for an exciting clash. There was a lot of anticipation coming into the match, how would Martinez’s possession-oriented Everton play against Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea squad? The match-up did not disappoint as it ended up becoming a goal fest in […]

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Villareal – FC Barcelona 0:1

Yet sometimes the #10 and the strikers went even deeper.

Barcelona wins against Villareal in the last minutes. The World’s flattest diamond nearly forced Barcelona on the wings and out of the game, but Lionel Messi’s run and the stability of Barcelona’s circulation provided the fundament for the win.

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FC Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund 2:3

The basic formations at the start of the match

Borussia Dortmund picked up the first points of their Bundesliga campaign with a 3-2 win away to FC Augsburg. Jürgen Klopp’s side clearly dominated the first half and could have ensured victory with a little more ease, but conceded two goals in the last ten minutes of the match.

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