Since Santi Cazorla suffered another Achilles injury in October, Arsenal have stuttered through a run of four draws (and three wins) in seven games. Much has already been written about how the Gunners struggle in possession but not as much attention has been paid to the struggle ArsÃ¨ne Wengerâ€™s side have out of possession.
On the thirdÂ episode of our show, the panelÂ talk about theoretical aspects of the game, answering several readerÂ questions.
Stefano Pioli took charge of his first game for Inter on Sunday night. Having taken over from Frank de Boer less than two weeks prior, his first game was none other than the Milan derby. With Milan sitting unexpectedly near the top of the table â€“ a testament to the work Vincenzo Montella has done in Italyâ€™s second city â€“ the task was to be a formidable one.
In what is considered the Bundesliga blockbuster Borussia Dortmund were able to secure a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich. Thomas Tuchelâ€™s side scored an early goal and protected the lead to the end, despite Bayernâ€™s continuous control after 25 minutes.
Fresh from their midweek defeat to Manchester City, Enrique’s Barcelona travelled to the Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday night for an eagerly anticipated clash with Sevilla. An away win would see the Catalan side close the gap on leaders Real Madrid to 2 points, however they were struggling in the absence of Iniesta and Pique in particular. As for the hosts life under Sampaoli was bliss and victory would leave them 3 points off the pace and dreaming of a title challenge.
An open field, hundreds of one-on-ones and a few slapstick moments–that’s what the North London looked like on Sunday afternoon. As Arsenalâ€™s level dropped in the second half, a 1-1 draw left head coachÂ ArsÃ¨ne Wenger frustrated. Even though Tottenham have now gone seven games without a win in all competitions, picking upÂ one point at the Emirates gives Mauricio Pochettino a desperately needed breather.
Napoli travelled to the home of the champions for the eagerly anticipated clash with rivals Juventus on Saturday evening.Â While adjusting to life without Milik the Neapolitan side experienced a wobble but have since begun to stabilise with consecutive wins over Crotone and Empoli. As for Juventus a strong start to the season was slightly punctured by defeat to Milan last week, but a midweek win over Sampdoria ensured their 2 point cushion at the summit.
David Moyes and his struggling Sunderland side hosted Arsenal in the early Saturday kick-off. Billy Jones returned to the starting XI in place of Javi Manquillo, with Adnan Januzaj kept on the bench. Despite returning to fitness, there was no starting place for Olivier Giroud as Wenger opted to stick with Alexis Sanchez as his centre forward.
The most tactically-enticing game of the weekend-just-gone came from Spain as the best defensive system in the world travelled to stopÂ Sampaoli’s fluid Sevilla team.
Two of the most progressive young coaches in football came together last night in the pressing-duel of this Champions League matchday.