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Manchester City 1, Manchester United 0: Tactics

Manchester City won their fourth straight Manchester Derby on Sunday, beating Manchester United 1-0 with the lone goal coming from Sergio Aguero. The game-changing event was Chris Smalling’s red card. As such, we’ve broken down our tactical analysis of this … Continue reading

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Wheeling and Dealing: Harry Redknapp and QPR

Queens Park Rangers were relegated from the Premier League in the 2012-13 season. With how they performed, the relegation could be better described as the Premier League instituting the mercy rule. QPR didn’t win a game until January, only managed … Continue reading

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Marseille and the Bielsa Equation

It’s only been only three games into Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure with Olympique Marseille, so jumping to conclusions on many levels is ridiculous, even bordering on stupid. Bielsa had his issues in domestic league play over his two seasons with Athletic … Continue reading

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The Slippery Slope of Banter

This morning, I woke up to the news of former Cardiff City and hopeful Crystal Palace managerial candidate Malky Mackay found to be a racist. Heads were going to roll as it was reported by the Daily Mail that Mackay … Continue reading

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Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City: The Bending of an Inexperienced Back Three

Louis Van Gaal’s debut match as the newly appointed Manchester United manager went less smoothly that many expected. After conceding possession for the first 28 minutes, Swansea pulled ahead off a Ki Sung-Yueng goal to the bottom left corner of the … Continue reading

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Luis Suarez Still Very Much A Villain

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today issued its verdict regarding Luis Suarez’s nine international game, four month ban from football. That verdict? Luis Suarez is still very much a biter. CAS decided to uphold the original ruling and … Continue reading

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Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Bayern Munich: Klopp’s Press and Pace suffocates Bayern’s Youngsters in the Midfield

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang used his physical gifts to power Dortmund to a 2-0 win with a goal and an assist. Pep Guardiola got a little funky again with this lineup, featuring Alaba as a make shift third centerback. Bayern may have … Continue reading

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Liverpool Formation Possibilities: A Return to Normalcy

There was a certain high wire act that came to be associated with Liverpool Football Club, a team that at times played as if they were football’s equivalent of “The Greatest Show on Turf”. Defense was an afterthought to Liverpool, as … Continue reading

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What We Learned From The Community Shield


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The Versatile, Drugged Out Defense of the Future

Football tactics can be very cyclical in nature. The fall and rise of the passing midfielder in the 2000s is a great example of not only this nature, but the speed it can happen. Pep Guardiola was an unwanted player … Continue reading

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