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Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: sloppy set-piece defending and full-back positioning

May 26, 2019
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: sloppy set-piece defending and full-back positioning

Reminder that my book Zonal Marking is out this week… Liverpool produced a remarkable comeback to defeat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, having lost the first leg 3-0 at the Camp Nou. As always with Liverpool’s European victories at Anfield, the win was credited to emotion, atmosphere and history. While those factors are certainly...
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Juventus 1-2 Ajax: Ajax consistently work overloads down the right

April 18, 2019
Juventus 1-2 Ajax: Ajax consistently work overloads down the right

Ajax followed their historic win at the Bernabeu in the previous round with a similarly impressive victory away at Juventus. There were two major themes from the first leg in Amsterdam, a 1-1 draw. First, Ajax used Donny van de Beek in a man-marking job on Miralem Pjanic, which badly hurt Juventus’ passing from deep...
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Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Chelsea play through the early press, but Henderson’s positioning helps Liverpool win the game in the second half

April 15, 2019
Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Chelsea play through the early press, but Henderson’s positioning helps Liverpool win the game in the second half

Chelsea played through Liverpool’s press impressively before half-time, but then a 10-minute burst of pressure won Liverpool the game. Jurgen Klopp’s team selection was as expected, with the trio of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita – who started together in a 4-3-3 for the first time in the midweek win over Porto – again...
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Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Barca rampant down the left, ending Lopetegui’s brief reign

October 30, 2018
Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Barca rampant down the left, ending Lopetegui’s brief reign

Barcelona dominated throughout the first half and during the final 20 minutes, although Real’s half-time change of system nearly rescued the game. Ernesto Valverde was without Leo Messi, and left Ousmane Dembele on the bench. Julien Lopetegui’s main problem was the absence of Dani Carvajal, which meant Nacho continued at right-back.
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France 4-2 Croatia: Mbappe and Pogba shine after half-time in a scrappy game

July 16, 2018
France 4-2 Croatia: Mbappe and Pogba shine after half-time in a scrappy game

France 4-2 Croatia analysis is here.
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