The effects of Chelsea’s pressing game in 2011/12

October 26, 2011
The effects of Chelsea’s pressing game in 2011/12

Amongst all the nonsense about Andre Villas-Boas being the new Jose Mourinho, the irony is that he’s done more to move Chelsea away from Mourinho’s overall playing style than Avram Grant, Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti. In particular, the way they play without the ball. Read more »

Man United 1-6 Man City: City turn a dominant performance into a historic thrashing

October 23, 2011
Man United 1-6 Man City: City turn a dominant performance into a historic thrashing

City crafted a clever first half advantage over United, then were rampant after half time. Read more »

Antonio Conte’s system isn’t a 4-2-4, but it still provides excitement

October 23, 2011
Antonio Conte’s system isn’t a 4-2-4, but it still provides excitement

The 4-2-4 is a mythical formation, immediately bringing to mind the Brazil side of 1970, maybe the greatest international side in history. Read more »

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Zenit St Petersburg: open, attacking, attractive and plenty of chances. Why?

October 20, 2011
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Zenit St Petersburg: open, attacking, attractive and plenty of chances. Why?

The simple answer to this question lies in the situation within Group G. Read more »

Napoli 1-1 Bayern: all the action in the first half

October 18, 2011
Napoli 1-1 Bayern: all the action in the first half

These two sides seemed to settle for a draw in the final stages – they remain in the top two positions in Group A, the toughest in the competition. Read more »