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Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus: Real initially weak down the right, before dominating that flank

June 6, 2017
Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus: Real initially weak down the right, before dominating that flank

Real Madrid became the first club to retain the European Cup in its modern format, after an eventually comfortable 4-1 win in Cardiff.

Zinedine Zidane’s major selection dilemma was whether to pick Isco or Gareth Bale – but it seems Bale wasn’t close enough to full fitness to be seriously considered, and therefore Isco continued. Dani Carvajal was fit to play at right-back, with Danilo on the bench.

Max Allegri picked his expected side, in the flexible 4-2-3-1ish system that has become his established system in the knockout stage of this competition. Andrea Barzagli played on the right of defence, with Dani Alves more a midfielder than a wing-back.

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The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines (out now)

May 25, 2017
The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines (out now)

The Mixer is out next week (June 1st) in the UK, published by HarperCollins.

It’s the story of the Premier League’s tactical evolution, covering its first 25 seasons from 1992/93 to 2016/17.

It’s essentially about the revolutionaries: the innovative managers, the game-changing players, the inspirational teams, the new tactical concepts, the off-field developments that influenced playing styles.

Here’s an extract

Here’s an article about it

If it’s of interest, you can pre-order here…

Amazon / Kindle:

http://po.st/themixer
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Monaco 0-2 Juventus: Allegri uses wing-backs and Alves creates both goals for Higuain

May 5, 2017
Monaco 0-2 Juventus: Allegri uses wing-backs and Alves creates both goals for Higuain

Juventus took control of this Champions League semi-final with an impressive 2-0 victory, thanks to two goals from Gonzalo Higuain.

Leonardo Jardim’s side featured one surprise – Benjamin Mendy wasn’t fit to start at left-back, so Djibril Sidibe switched to that flank and Nabil Dirar played at right-back.

Max Allegri left out right-winger Juan Cuadrado and played Andrea Barzagli instead, a significant move that would shape this game’s tactical battle.

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Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

April 26, 2017
Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

Lionel Messi produced a brilliant performance and a sensational late goal to blow La Liga’s title race wide open.

Zinedine Zidane welcomed back Gareth Bale after injury, although he didn’t last the first half before being replaced by Marcos Asensio. Otherwise, the team was as expected.

Luis Enrique was still without the suspended Neymar. Paco Alcacer played as an inside-left.

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