Friday, 23.02.2018

The SV Podcast: Episode 6

How could Antonio Conte make Chelsea more unpredictable? What’s up with Tottenham’s dominant performances in recent weeks? And why do Arsenal shy away from playing a more structured possession style? 

The SV Podcast: Episode 5

What has Pep Guardiola done to make his team look almost unbeatable? How could José Mourinho adjust his system to use Paul Pogba to his full potential? And has Jürgen Klopp proven that he is more than just an one-dimensional coach?

Kilmarnock revival continues with Celtic shock

Kilmarnock inflicted Celtic’s second defeat in as many months at Rugby Park on Saturday. Having only taken over in October, Steve Clarke has already defeated both Rangers and Brendan Rodgers’ side at home, as well as securing respectable draws in Glasgow. Just as significant is the manner in which his team have achieved such success, showing a level of organisation rarely seen in Scotland.

Atletico Madrid shutdown Valencia

A match-up of the second and third place teams in La Liga, in the form of Simeone’s Atletico Madrid and Marcelino’s Valencia. In a hotly contested match, Atletico showed why they are the top defensive side in Europe at the moment, holding Valencia to 0 shots on goal for the whole match.

Aspect Analysis: Manchester City dismantle Cardiff’s man-marking

Touted going into the fixture as unusual opponents, Guardiola’s Manchester City were drawn away to  promotion candidates Cardiff City for the 4th Round of the FA Cup. The Bluebirds, managed by Neil Warnock, tried to nullify the Citizen’s threats by utilizing a stricter form of man-marking in defense. Posing a different test than what they usually face in the league and Europe, this piece explores how Manchester City overcame Cardiff’s marking.