The term ‘compactness’ has been somewhat of a buzzword in football tactics over the past few seasons,
Allegri’s team executed an excellent strategy which saw them take advantage of Real Madrid’s instabilities to give them a 2-1 lead to take to the Bernabeu.
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. Messi’s reaction to PSG’s asymmetrical 4-4-2 along with Barcelona wing-combinations resulted in the 1-3 away win for Lucho’s men.
“We face one of the biggest challenges in football – to win against an Italian side who only need a draw.”
At least Klopp was right about one thing on Wednesday night (unless you count the post match – “we deserved to lose”),
“Monaco is Atletico-Lite”
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.
Atletico Madrid scraped past Bayer Leverkusen at the Vincente Calderon to make it into the Champions League quarter-finals. Just like the first leg, it was a tight affair played between two teams that revolve their play around intense pressing and quick transitions.
It was unlikely that this year’s edition of Chelsea-PSG in the Champions league would top last year’s in terms of drama, but it certainly did and was an interesting match tactically too.
In the first leg of what was the most exciting prospects from the selection of CL matches a great game was expected, yet not primarily in the players on show but the tactical ability of the two managers who are, especially in the case of El Cholo, regarded amongst the best in the world.
Barcelona ended any speculation that their form would drop off following their loss to Malaga at the weekend with an impressive performance, particularly in the first half. Despite being outclassed in the first half, City could take some positives due to their second half display, coming close to scorer an equaliser.
After finishing runners up in their group to Madrid – knocking out Liverpool along the way – Basel face Porto in the first round of the Champions League knockout stages. Porto reach this stage after winning their group, which included Shakhtar Donetsk and Athletic Bilbao.