Italy v Germany: How Italy can ,and probably will, Beat Germany

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Antonio Conte has taken an underwhelming Italy side into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. He has established an extremely potent defensive structure. The Italians also play quickly on the break when the attacking team loses possession. Meanwhile, Germany have most people’s vote for the best team in the tournament so far. The current world champions are considered favourites, […] READ MORE



The Europa League Final and What it Means

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As Sevilla FC marched to their third Europa League Final in as many years, most seemed to lean towards the red side of the tie. Liverpool’s newfound style of heavy pressing and quite frankly emotional football had seen them do away with one of the competition’s best teams in Borussia Dortmund. The general consensus seemed […] READ MORE


Atlético Madrid's Tactical Brilliance

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‘The other’ Madrid-based team have reached yet another Champions League final in four years. Whilst the usual financial giants continue to lurk around the top of every single league and international competition, Diego Simeone has busted down the door at the top of this elite club and intend to stay there. With an iconic style […] READ MORE


Pep Guardiola's Time in Bavaria: A Marcotti Response

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With three consecutive Bundesliga titles and one domestic cup, with another final soon approaching, the average football fan may scoff at the suggestion that Pep Guardiola’s time in Bavaria may have been a failure. It’s something that has certainly divided opinion amongst pundits and professionals, but one that certainly holds some degree of weight. Though never officially […] READ MORE


How Bayern Munich can beat Atlético

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Last week, Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid came up with another fantastic performance against yet another European Giant. Though the plan wasn’t the exact same, ‘Cholo’s’ tactics worked to the same devastating effect against Pep Guardiola and his possession-based system. The result wasn’t an awful one for the Bavarian club, but they failed to grab the […] READ MORE


A European Football Review – April 18

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Last week’s European action was the subject of some of the most highly rated and exciting action in the world of football. Between Champions league and Europa League games, fans were subjected to some of the best games of the year. Whether it be a tactical masterclass or simply a thrilling game encompassing rich narrative, there […] READ MORE


Guardiola's Masterpiece: The Catalan’s take on Cruyff's Model

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“Johan Cruyff painted the chapel, and Barcelona coaches since merely restore or improve it”—Pep Guardiola. Whether Pep Guardiola’s interpretation of Cruyff’s total football philosophy is an improvement is subjective, but if one thing is for sure it’s that he has created an amazing system of his own, based on the revolutionary concepts brought to Barcelona […] READ MORE


What Pep wanted to learn at Bayern

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Although incredibly successful and at times described as revolutionary, Pep Guardiola’s managerial career can be classified as a relatively young one. He’s only managed two clubs at the first team level, yet has won a myriad of trophies both domestically and in Europe. The Spaniard has now set his sights upon his third club, Manchester […] READ MORE


Manchester City must face possibility of Finishing outside the Top Four

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With yet another loss to a team within the top six, Manchester City find themselves a massive fifteen points adrift from the top of the table. In essence this Manchester Derby epitomizes the fact that Pellegrini has failed in the most significant of ways. Set aside the fact that he’s only made one serious trophy […] READ MORE