Van Gaal’s Nightmare: The Dutchman’s first six months in charge


While the German Bundesliga is in its winter break, we want to take time, analyze a few teams and discuss possible tactical changes. We continue with a team which is not enjoying neither a winter break nor playing in Germany: Manchester United.

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In-depth player analysis: Manuel Neuer

Bayern mit asymmetrischem Dreierkettenrautenaufbau

This is an English translation of the article, “In-Depth-Spieleranalyse: Manuel Neuer” by RM published at

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Liverpool – Swansea City 4:1

Starting Line-Ups

Liverpool dominated what was a defense that epitomizes what most consider to be the standard English Premier League defense. Rodgers used some of his most skilled players in the best roles for this particular match, and the players did not disappoint. Liverpool’s use of a system with 3 central defenders coupled with some nice strategical […]

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Valencia – Rayo Vallecano 4:4

Rayo Vallecano's aggressive counterpress.

This was an incredible high scoring game that fit both the occasion of the Copa Del Rey Round of 16, and these two great Spanish teams. Various strategical and tactical changes occurred in the match, but the high intensity and pressure always remained throughout. Though Rayo put on a brave display, it was ultimately Valencia’s […]

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Barcelona – Cordoba 5:0

The basic formations for the match.

Barcelona put on a dominant display with some tweaks to their offensive strategy. Cordoba played defense nearly the entire game while Barcelona used their best players in the best positions for this particular defense. Messi had a unique role from the right flank moving in towards the central midfielder positions. This is ultimately what led […]

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Southampton – Chelsea 1:1

The Starting Line-Ups

Mourinho impressed with his Chelsea squad looking strategically sound and fluid. They are looking more and more like the team he spoke about when he initially took over the Chelsea job for the 2nd time. Here is an extract from an interview after a 2-0 win against Fullham on 09/21/13: “The ideal is to always […]

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Aston Villa – Manchester United 1:1

Starting Line-ups

Manchester United seem to be improving with each passing game. As expected from a Van Gaal team, the Red Devils dominated possession for the entire match. Rooney put in a great performance as a central midfielder and Aston Villa had a few scenes where they exploited United’s defense. Though United dominated for nearly the entire […]

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Southampton – Everton 3:0

Starting Line-ups

Both teams put high importance on stability in build up play. Both teams had well-coordinated pressure on defense, though Southampton was on a higher level in terms of their pressing. Both teams used their forwards in a narrow and combinative manner, but there were certain differences that led to Southampton’s victory on the day. Everton’s […]

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Hull City – Swansea City 0:1

EPL Relegation Projection by Michael Caley

Hull City showed some potential to escape relegation in the EPL. Hull City played a big part in determining the rhythm of the match, while Swansea played well in defense. Swansea played a large amount of long passes while also displaying some spurts of great positioning, which led to their win. Hull City’s Aggressive Play […]

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Juego de Posición under Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola's Training Field.

Introduction 14 out of 19 trophies were won in his time at FC Barcelona. 4 trophies out of a possible 6 were won in his first season with Bayern Munich. This piece will analyze the Juego de Posicion football philosophy of Pep Guardiola in his second season with Bayern Munich. The Italians know it as “Giochi di […]

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