Friday, 21.09.2018

Manchester City beat Arsenal to begin domestic season

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City commenced their Premier League title defence with a secure victory over Arsenal. For the first time in over two decades, a new manager was on the touchline for the Gunners, as former PSG and Sevilla boss Unai Emery made his English debut. However, the Emery honeymoon was interrupted by the Citizens, who showed signs of last seasons dominance in possession and pressing, alongside some details in attack construction that need ironing out over the course of the year.

Bayern Dominate Possession with Wing Attack System

The most successful team in German history and the most successful team in English history meet once again, this time in a pre-season friendly. Kovac shows a preview of the well-oiled German machine he will have on the field for the 2018/2019 season, while Mourinho shows potential issues his team will face during the next months, as he warned it could be a “difficult season.

The Cityzens win the FA Community Shield in Style

Guardiola and Sarri face off for the first time in England. Both managers showed a preview of their likely tactical approach for the upcoming  2018/2019 season. City’s pressing game proved to be the big difference between the teams, creating dangerous counterattacking opportunities even when the build-up was not being executed to a high level.

LAFC squander lead vs LA Galaxy

While most clubs are preparing for their upcoming seasons throughout the summer, a handful are in the heart of their domestic seasons. The bright lights of Los Angeles staged LAFC hosting their crosstown nemesis LA Galaxy for the first time in their new stadium. With the first meeting between the sides gaining attention because of Zlatan’s debut performance and the Galaxy’s inspired comeback, the sequel saw LAFC relinquish their early advantage once again in a dramatic and puzzling manner.