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Chelsea 1 Man City 2 | FA Cup Semi Final Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 1 Man City 2 | FA Cup Semi Final Tactical Analysis

An incredibly open encounter between two sides managed by normally more restrained figures. The game began in an open fashion and continued like this for the duration of the game aided by both managers naming adventurous starting line ups. Line Ups Having played away to Rubin Kazan on Thursday night, Benitez unsurprisingly made a number of changes to that side. Perhaps the most startlingly decision by Benitez was to use the attacking trio of Oscar, Hazard and Mata behind Demba …
West Brom 1 Arsenal 2 | Tactical Analysis

West Brom 1 Arsenal 2 | Tactical Analysis

Not quite a game of two halfs, more like a game of two-thirds and one-third. Arsenal took control of a game before it began slipping away in the final third aided by the dismissal of Mertesacker and a resurgent West Brom side. Somehow, the Gunners held on for a valuable three points. Just how valuable they will be should be known within the next month. Line Ups Steve Clarke made two changes to his starting line up from the previous …
Arsenal 4 Reading 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 4 Reading 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

I doubt Arsene Wenger has witnessed such a one-sided Premier League victory during his tenure at Arsenal. Or even one in which the opposition failed to offer any sort of meaningful test. This was about as routine a victory as you will see. Arsenal still produced good football but just how good, can be debated given the limitations of what Reading offered. Nigel Adkins took charge of Reading for the first time at the Emirates and having already suffered a …
Arsenal - It’s the defensive midfield position stupid! Tactical Analysis

Arsenal - It’s the defensive midfield position stupid! Tactical Analysis

It's been a difficult season for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Actually, it's been eight difficult seasons for the Frenchman and the Gunners. High points this season? There have been a few. The return to first team action of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott signing a contract extension, maybe even the away win at Bayern Munich in the Champions League but that had a hollow feel to it. The damage was done in the first leg leaving a "too little, too late" …
Swansea 0 Arsenal 2 | In-depth Tactical Analysis

Swansea 0 Arsenal 2 | In-depth Tactical Analysis

Two the Premier League's possession orientated teams met at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and produced a game with some fine passing but very little in the way of clear chances until the latter stages of the game. Having secured an essential three points however, I doubt Arsene Wenger will be complaining. Line Ups Laudrup made two changes to his starting line up. Both Moore and Routledge were substitutes and replaced by Dyre and Pablo. Without a striker in the …
Newcastle 2 Stoke 1 | Tactical Analysis

Newcastle 2 Stoke 1 | Tactical Analysis

A fairly dull and uninspiring game between two teams who should avoid any brushes with the relegation dogfight this season. Newcastle eventually edged the game with a injury time winner. This game was never likely to figure highly among the purist’s must watch games of the season but it provides another example of how teams can adapt and seek to achieve their goals through alternative methods from the often preached mantra of short passing games. Line Ups Despite the demands …
Chelsea 1 West Brom 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 1 West Brom 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Amongst the fall out from Rafa Benitez's midweek press conference, and the debris of fans' protests against their current manager, a game of football broke out which Chelsea won in a convincing fashion, even if the scoreline remained just 1-0. While Chelsea were able to produce, West Brom were lacking in ambition from the outset and partly contributed towards their own downfall. Line Ups After the disappointment of the 2-0 loss away to Man City, Bentiez made two changes to …
Manchester United vs Real Madrid Preview | A Spanish Perspective

Manchester United vs Real Madrid Preview | A Spanish Perspective

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