Real Madrid have won the Champions League in 2014. In a final full of pressing, switching play, and cramps, they had the upper hand over an Atlético Madrid side that was fully devoted to fighting for the win.
Jose Mourinho sent his B-team to Anfield, prioritizing reaching the Champions League final. Despite the weakened lineup, however, they managed to steal three points from Liverpool and make the race for the title extremely exciting again.
Real Madrid allowed only four shots on goal in the 2nd leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Guardiola’s FC Bayern München. Is Guardiola’s Tika-Taka finished or has Carlo Ancelotti simply developed an enormously effective counter tactic?
That’s the ball game! BVB find an offensive concept that works after months of tinkering. Against Mainz two play-making structure givers on the wings created a hidden diamond with diverse creative potential.
In this World Cup we have witnessed a big tactical trend emerge: the abandonment of the back four as dogma. While only one team at the 2010 World Cup played without a back four, several teams used a different style of defense this time around.
Guardiola’s Plan D (or F?) worked, but BVB kept up and showed that they’re still one of the five best teams in Europe. Munich were able to put the spotlight on themselves not only with the victory but their tactical adaptation.
Atlético Madrid is Europe’s surprise team – and has been for about two and a half years.
Red Bull Salzburg are the subject of much debate. Prior to last year they were making headlines for their “history” but this season people are talking about their tactics and performance on the pitch. In recent months they have played some of the most exceptional and intriguing football in Europe.
Bayern go down against the Dortmund Pressing machine. Jürgen Klopp came up against Guardiola’s brand new tactic experiment with something special. How did he know? Probably because Klopp like Floyd Mayweather exists in the future.
Germany win the World Cup! In a dramatic match the DFB team best Argentina 1:0 after extra time. RM, TR, MR and CE had a look at the game and saw a tactically diverse battle of rhythm…