Pep Guardiola vs. Sir Alex Ferguson in the Champions League final. Two of the best coaches in the history of the game (and two of my personal favorites) meet on the biggest stage in European club football. Ferguson called this the best team he has ever faced â€“ and with good reason â€“ as Guardiolaâ€™s Barcelona was near its peak and their focus on controlling the center while maintaining the ball was too much for the Red Devils.
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Blanc and PSG showed why they are underrated with a good performance away to the European giant Real Madrid. Los BlancosÂ displayed some worrying qualities on defense while PSG seems to have improved their possession game since the previous season. PSG had some problems in defense as well, but their use of the ball resulted in a match where they were very unlucky to lose 1:0.
An interesting tactical battle between two of the top teams on the planet. Pep Guardiola finallyÂ really beats Roger Schmidt with a very interesting and fluid system. Leverkusen executed their usual game plan of intense pressing and lay-off/combination focus in transitions, but Bayern was able to nullify both of these aspects Â in a unique way.
Barcelona winning the Copa Del Rey means they have secured the double and kept the possibility ofÂ completing the treble alive. Athletic Club came out to play with a game plan that was surprisingly bad.
Barcelona faced PSG in Paris for the first leg of the Quarter Finals. Barcelona dominated the game in what was another world-class showing for Lionel Messi. Messiâ€™s reaction to PSGâ€™s asymmetrical 4-4-2 along with Barcelona wing-combinations resulted in the 1-3 away win for Luchoâ€™s men.
This match was one of the most impressive performances put on by Arsenal in a very long time. The pressing movements of the Gunners were set up perfectly for Liverpool’s system in the first half.
El Clasico is the most popular club football match in the world. It has arguably the two most powerful clubs in Europe facing off with a large amount of star players. Technical stars such as Benzema, Modric, Marcelo, Iniesta, and Messi faced off in this match and made it particularly exciting to watch.
Â â€śMonaco is Atletico-Liteâ€ťÂ
This is how many of us here at Spielverlagerung describe Monaco. This match against Arsenal showed exactly why they are behind a team like Atletico Madrid in some regards.
Rayo Vallecano displayed their aggressive pressing and brave football at the Nou Camp vs. the now top team in Spain. Barcelonaâ€™s players look in top form and managed to jump over Real Madrid for the 1st spot in La Liga.
“A game which wasnâ€™t easy on the eye.”
This is how most people would describe the first leg between PSG and Chelsea. This is due to the tactical approach of both teams and how they interacted with each other.