Five points on Liverpool 2-1 Everton

April 14, 2012
Five points on Liverpool 2-1 Everton

Liverpool fought back from 1-0 down to book their place in the final. Read more »

Dortmund 1-0 Bayern: six point lead

April 12, 2012
Dortmund 1-0 Bayern: six point lead

Robert Lewandowski’s clever flick put Dortmund six points clear of Bayern – probably a decisive lead at the summit of the Bundesliga table. Read more »

ZM elsewhere: March – April

April 11, 2012
ZM elsewhere: March – April

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Real Madrid 0-0 Valencia: lots of chances, no goals

April 10, 2012
Real Madrid 0-0 Valencia: lots of chances, no goals

Real Madrid dropped points at home despite dominating. Read more »

Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City: City lose the midfield battle – and probably the title

April 9, 2012
Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City: City lose the midfield battle – and probably the title

Mikel Arteta’s long-range strike settled a match Arsenal could have won by more. Read more »

The brief decline of the Premier League hattrick

April 6, 2012
The brief decline of the Premier League hattrick

Last season, the number of Premier League hat-tricks was at its highest level since 1994, and this season looks like continuing the trend – with six games to go, the figure is one behind last season’s level. Read more »

Positioning and movement of Aimar, Mata and Gaitan in Chelsea 2-1 Benfica

April 5, 2012
Positioning and movement of Aimar, Mata and Gaitan in Chelsea 2-1 Benfica

Chelsea have progressed into the Champions League semi-finals after a 2-1 victory over Benfica, winning 3-1 on aggregate. Read more »

Barcelona 3-1 Milan: Guardiola goes with a 3-3-4

April 3, 2012
Barcelona 3-1 Milan: Guardiola goes with a 3-3-4

Barcelona weren’t at their best, but were fairly comfortable after scoring their third. Read more »

QPR v Arsenal: diagrams and chalkboards

April 2, 2012
QPR v Arsenal: diagrams and chalkboards

At the Guardian I’ve written on how Queens Park Rangers played against Arsenal in their 2-1 win at Loftus Road on Saturday. Read more »

Juventus 3-0 Napoli: 3-5-2 v 3-4-3

April 1, 2012
Juventus 3-0 Napoli: 3-5-2 v 3-4-3

Juventus were by far the better side – they move two points behind leaders Milan. Read more »

Milan 0-0 Barcelona: lots of little battles

March 29, 2012
Milan 0-0 Barcelona: lots of little battles

Both sides created chances, neither found the net. Read more »

Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea: Mancini gets one substitution wrong, then two right

March 21, 2012
Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea: Mancini gets one substitution wrong, then two right

Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko helped turn a 0-1 into a 2-1. Read more »

Panathinaikos 0-1 Olympiakos: match abandoned with Olympiakos on top

March 19, 2012
Panathinaikos 0-1 Olympiakos: match abandoned with Olympiakos on top

Olympiakos are closer to the league title after this game was abandoned because of crowd trouble ten minutes from full-time. Read more »

Fenerbahce 2-2 Galatasaray: Fenerbahce score two great goals, then go too defensive

March 18, 2012
Fenerbahce 2-2 Galatasaray: Fenerbahce score two great goals, then go too defensive

Galatasaray are close to the title after an impressive comeback in the Kıtalar Arası Derbi. Read more »

Where do Premier League sides attack from?

March 16, 2012
Where do Premier League sides attack from?

In an individual match, it’s easy to see that a side have a bias towards one particular flank. In Monday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle, Arsenal constantly attacked down the right, with Theo Walcott staying wide on that flank, and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain moving inside from the left. Read more »

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Manchester United: same as the first leg

March 15, 2012
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Manchester United: same as the first leg

Athletic produced another excellent display, and again should have won the game by more than one goal. Read more »

Chelsea 4-1 Napoli: Napoli unable to defend crosses

March 15, 2012
Chelsea 4-1 Napoli: Napoli unable to defend crosses

Chelsea produced an impressive display to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals. Read more »

Bayern 7-0 Basel: Basel’s brave strategy vaguely logical, but their application of it disastrous

March 13, 2012
Bayern 7-0 Basel: Basel’s brave strategy vaguely logical, but their application of it disastrous

Bayern stormed into the quarter-final after a comfortable victory. Read more »

Five areas of interest in Everton 1-0 Tottenham

March 12, 2012
Five areas of interest in Everton 1-0 Tottenham

This was another interesting clash between David Moyes and Harry Redknapp. Their tactical battle at White Hart Lane last season was fascinating, and this game followed a similar pattern of Moyes responding to Redknapp’s decisions. Read more »

ZM elsewhere: February – March

March 11, 2012
ZM elsewhere: February – March

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Manchester United 2-3 Athletic Bilbao: United unable to deal with pressing and high tempo

March 8, 2012
Manchester United 2-3 Athletic Bilbao: United unable to deal with pressing and high tempo

Athletic produced an extremely impressive performance, and take a decent lead back to Bilbao. Read more »

APOEL v Lyon a good example of when the away goals rule creates a defensive game

March 8, 2012
APOEL v Lyon a good example of when the away goals rule creates a defensive game

Despite the ultimately exciting method of victory, and the novelty of having a Cypriot club in the final eight of the European Cup, the APOEL v Lyon game was actually a dull spectacle. Read more »

Arsenal 3-0 Milan: Arsenal press excellently but lack options from the bench to maintain it

March 6, 2012
Arsenal 3-0 Milan: Arsenal press excellently but lack options from the bench to maintain it

Arsenal got very close to the most remarkable two-legged turnaround in Champions League history. Read more »

Leverkusen focus attacks down the right

March 5, 2012
Leverkusen focus attacks down the right

Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-0 win over Bayern Munich on Saturday was a devastating blow to Bayern’s hopes of winning the title – they’re now seven points behind Dortmund. Read more »

Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal: Liverpool see more of the ball, but Arsenal have the finishing touch

March 3, 2012
Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal: Liverpool see more of the ball, but Arsenal have the finishing touch

Robin van Persie had two chances and scored two goals, and the gap between the teams is now ten points. Read more »

Benfica 2-3 Porto: pressing, transitions, set-pieces and substitutions

March 2, 2012
Benfica 2-3 Porto: pressing, transitions, set-pieces and substitutions

A stereotypically brilliant match between these two sides ended with a narrow win for Porto, who now have a crucial lead in the title race. Read more »

Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham: Arsenal complete an amazing comeback

February 26, 2012
Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham: Arsenal complete an amazing comeback

Tottenham went 2-0 up but then lost their shape completely and conceded five. Read more »

Milan 1-1 Juventus: Emanuelson nullifies Pirlo and robs Juve of their spare man too

February 26, 2012
Milan 1-1 Juventus: Emanuelson nullifies Pirlo and robs Juve of their spare man too

1st v 2nd in Serie A – Milan remain a point ahead, but Juve have a game in hand. Read more »

Marseille 1-0 Inter: Marseille finally get the breakthrough with their 44th cross of the match

February 23, 2012
Marseille 1-0 Inter: Marseille finally get the breakthrough with their 44th cross of the match

Andre Ayew pounced in stoppage time, and Marseille will take a one goal lead to Inter. Read more »

Napoli 3-1 Chelsea: Ivanovic plays high up and Napoli exploit the space in behind him

February 22, 2012
Napoli 3-1 Chelsea: Ivanovic plays high up and Napoli exploit the space in behind him

Napoli played their classic counter-attacking game to put themselves in a strong position going into the second leg. Read more »

PSG 2-2 Montpellier: narrowness versus width

February 20, 2012
PSG 2-2 Montpellier: narrowness versus width

First played second in Ligue 1, and PSG maintain their one-point lead. Read more »