Croatia 1 Belgium 2 | Post Match Analysis - Lukaku Shines

Croatia 1 Belgium 2 | Post Match Analysis - Lukaku Shines

On loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku lead the line for Belgium in place of Premier League counterpart Christian Benteke. Steven Defour and Axel Witsel formed the holding duo, allowing Marouane Fellaini to push on to support Lukaku. Belgium’s back four and goalkeeper remained the same, Thibaut Courtois keeping in form Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet on the bench. Mario Mandzukic lead the line for Croatia, hoping to increase his tally of 12 goals in 42 games for the Eastern Europeans. Former …
Norwich 1 Chelsea 3 | Tactical Analysis

Norwich 1 Chelsea 3 | Tactical Analysis

Demba Ba replaced Fernando Torres for the visitors, the Spaniard serving his one game suspension for his sending off against Tottenham. Ramires returned to his more natural role alongside Frank Lampard in the double pivot. Juan Mata deputised on the right hand side in the Brazilian’s absence. Andre Schurrle retained his place in Jose Mourinho’s XI. Chelsea stuck with their now familiar 4231, and with the buccaneering runs of both Martin Olsson and Russell Martin, it is easy to see …
Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1 | Tactical Analysis

Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1 | Tactical Analysis

Fernando Torres replaced Samuel Eto’o in Chelsea’s attack. Andre Schurrle dropped to the bench in favour of Ramires on the right side, whose inclusion can only suggest that Mourinho wanted to keep Tottenham’s left side secured down. Tottenham remained unchanged from their narrow 1-0 victory over Cardiff, Kyle Naughton continuing to earn his place in front of Danny Rose. Both sides lined up in their traditional 4-2-3-1 formation, although noticeably in the second half, with Tottenham’s dominance and Dembele pushing …
Chelsea 2 Fulham 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 Fulham 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Over another intense weekend of football, Chelsea lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 against Fulham, with Gary Cahill replacing David Luiz at centre half following the Blues 1-0 defeat to Everton. Juan Mata was replaced by Oscar, with Mourinho clarifying after the match that unless Mata adapts to the way Mourinho wants him to play, and produces a clearer level of consistency, the Spaniard will continue not to feature. Samuel Eto’o retained his place in the starting XI despite not …
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Norwich City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Norwich City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Tottenham new boy Christian Eriksen made his debut this weekend  in the number 10 role, playing just off fellow newcomer Roberto Soldado. Spurs’ back four remained unchanged from their defeat in the North London derby, with Hugo Lloris in goal. Record signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel remained up front, with fellow new signing Johan Elmander playing just off of the Dutchman. Nathan Redmond started his third successive game for the Canaries, and was hoping to continue his good run of form …
Scotland 0 Belgium 2 Tactical Analysis | De Bruyne, Fellaini, Chadli & Benteke feature

Scotland 0 Belgium 2 Tactical Analysis | De Bruyne, Fellaini, Chadli & Benteke feature

At the end of a sodden night at Hampden Park, one thing was made abundantly clear: this current crop of Belgian players can go very far indeed. All but qualified for the upcoming World Cup finals in 2014, the Red Devils swept away Scotland with a comfortable 2-0 victory, despite missing captain Vincent Kompany and prize asset Eden Hazard through injury. Their absences were not missed too much, as Nicolas Lombaerts and Nacer Chadli proved themselves to be more than …
Manchester United 0 Chelsea 0 | Stats & Analysis

Manchester United 0 Chelsea 0 | Stats & Analysis

The most anticipated game of the 2013/14 season ended in a 0-0 draw and whilst it did not provide a single goal, let alone a flurry, it is interesting to explore why the game produced such a tactical stalemate. David Moyes' first home game in charge of Manchester United will have produced a result the Scotsman will have been pleased with, despite his body language being to the contrary, frequently seen pacing the touchline with a dour and austere look …
Chelsea 2 Hull City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 Hull City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

The second era of Jose Mourinho began today, and predictably, all of the media glow was focused on Mourinho, and in typical Mourinho fashion, he basked in it, radiating as he took his familiar place in the home dugout. The visitors were newly promoted side Hull City, and ironically enough won their place in the Premier League with an oddly Mourinho-esque style of results, usually with a goal separating the sides they faced, often winning 1-0 or 2-1. Teams Chelsea …
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