Champions League chalkboards, matchday five

November 26, 2010
Champions League chalkboards, matchday five

The usual Champions League chalkboard round-up. All images courtesy of TotalFootball iPhone app Read more »

Rangers 0-1 Manchester United: Rangers’ five-man defence works…up to a point

November 25, 2010
Rangers 0-1 Manchester United: Rangers’ five-man defence works…up to a point

A late Wayne Rooney penalty meant United eventually found a way past Rangers’ back five. Read more »

Rubin 1-0 Copenhagen: Noboa penalty wins it

November 25, 2010
Rubin 1-0 Copenhagen: Noboa penalty wins it

A penalty on the stroke of half-time kept Rubin’s Champions League hopes alive. Read more »

Spartak 0-3 Marseille: Marseille progress

November 24, 2010
Spartak 0-3 Marseille: Marseille progress

Marseille were better all over the pitch here, and recorded an ultimately comfortable victory in Moscow. Read more »

Roma 3-2 Bayern: Ranieri’s half-time switch from 4-3-1-2 to 4-3-3 prompts superb comeback

November 24, 2010
Roma 3-2 Bayern: Ranieri’s half-time switch from 4-3-1-2 to 4-3-3 prompts superb comeback

Claudio Ranieri tinkered at half-time, and the change meant Roma went from 2-0 down at the break, to 3-2 up by full time. Read more »

Braga 2-0 Arsenal: Braga press, then win it late

November 24, 2010
Braga 2-0 Arsenal: Braga press, then win it late

A classic Arsenal defeat – dominance of possession followed by slack defending. Read more »

Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern: similar formations, different styles, and an even game

November 23, 2010
Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern: similar formations, different styles, and an even game

A decent game where neither side truly hit top form. Read more »

Sunderland 2-2 Everton: great attacking game

November 23, 2010
Sunderland 2-2 Everton: great attacking game

A topsy-turvy game that ended with a result that reflects the balance of play. Read more »

Colorado 2-1 Dallas (AET): Cruel own goal settles the MLS Cup Final

November 22, 2010
Colorado 2-1 Dallas (AET): Cruel own goal settles the MLS Cup Final

Colorado emerged victorious after a tight game that could have gone either way. Read more »

Fulham 1-4 Manchester City: Mancini gets the better of Hughes as City run riot

November 22, 2010
Fulham 1-4 Manchester City: Mancini gets the better of Hughes as City run riot

City’s superb first half display effectively won the game before half-time. Read more »

Villarreal 1-1 Valencia: Emery’s three-man defence copes with two strikers, but not three

November 21, 2010
Villarreal 1-1 Valencia: Emery’s three-man defence copes with two strikers, but not three

Valencia had a specific plan to stifle Villarreal’s fluid 4-4-2 system – and it almost worked. Read more »

Milan 1-0 Fiorentina: Ibrahimovic rescues Milan

November 21, 2010
Milan 1-0 Fiorentina: Ibrahimovic rescues Milan

Milan failed to play well, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s tremendous goal on the stroke of half-time won the game. Read more »

Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham: Redknapp proves he is a decent tactician, even if he doesn’t want to be

November 20, 2010
Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham: Redknapp proves he is a decent tactician, even if he doesn’t want to be

An astonishing second half comeback gave Spurs their first win in this fixture since Arsene Wenger became Arsenal manager. Read more »

Argentina 1-0 Brazil: Messi with superb winner

November 18, 2010
Argentina 1-0 Brazil: Messi with superb winner

This game started well, faded in the second half, before being won with a brilliant Lionel Messi goal. Read more »

Ten steps: how Sunderland beat Chelsea

November 15, 2010

For the second weekend in a row, a north-east side went to London and picked up a shock win. Read more »

Inter 0-1 Milan: Early Ibrahimovic penalty followed by poor response from Inter

November 15, 2010
Inter 0-1 Milan: Early Ibrahimovic penalty followed by poor response from Inter

Milan were fairly comfortable despite playing with ten men for the final half hour. Read more »

Everton 1-2 Arsenal: two main points of interest

November 14, 2010
Everton 1-2 Arsenal: two main points of interest

Arsenal took the lead, then threatened to lose it late on. Read more »

Juventus 1-1 Roma: different systems but an evenly-balanced match

November 14, 2010
Juventus 1-1 Roma: different systems but an evenly-balanced match

A cracker from Vincenzo Iaquinta and a Francesco Totti penalty meant it was a point apiece. Read more »

Barcelona 3-1 Villarreal: open, exciting game

November 14, 2010
Barcelona 3-1 Villarreal: open, exciting game

Barcelona eventually passed their way past an excellent Villarreal side in a superb match at the Nou Camp. Read more »

Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United: Villa move into commanding position but United hit back

November 13, 2010
Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United: Villa move into commanding position but United hit back

A poor first half followed by an entertaining second half, and a characteristically¬†improbable¬†comeback from United. Read more »

Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United: dull game with no drive from the centre of midfield

November 11, 2010
Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United: dull game with no drive from the centre of midfield

A disappointing match that produced very few goalscoring chances. Read more »

Sevilla 2-0 Valencia: Emery doesn’t change despite red card, both Manzano subs score

November 9, 2010
Sevilla 2-0 Valencia: Emery doesn’t change despite red card, both Manzano subs score

Sevilla eventually broke through after Valencia’s Mehmet Topal was sent off in the first half. Read more »

Lazio 0-2 Roma: two penalties settle tight game

November 8, 2010
Lazio 0-2 Roma: two penalties settle tight game

Two similar systems and little creativity in open play. Read more »

Ten steps: how Newcastle coped with Arsenal in the centre of midfield (whilst playing a 4-4-2)

November 8, 2010

Not many sides keep a clean sheet against Arsenal. Newcastle’s 1-0 win at the Emirates was only the second time Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to score this season. Read more »

Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid: early goals and a routine victory for Real

November 8, 2010
Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid: early goals and a routine victory for Real

Ricardo Carvalho and Mesut Oezil’s first half goals gave Real a commanding lead. Read more »

Porto 5-0 Benfica: all five goals from Porto right

November 7, 2010
Porto 5-0 Benfica: all five goals from Porto right

A huge victory for Porto in the biggest game of the Portuguese season so far. Read more »

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Torres strikes and positional discipline see Liverpool through

November 7, 2010
Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Torres strikes and positional discipline see Liverpool through

Two excellent first-half goals from Fernando Torres secured Liverpool’s best result under Roy Hodgson. Read more »

Champions League Chalkboards, matchday four

November 5, 2010
Champions League Chalkboards, matchday four

This week’s analysis of all 16 Champions League games, courtesy of the excellent TotalFootball iPhone app. Read more »

Milan 2-2 Real Madrid: Real lead, mistakes put them behind, Leon grabs a late equaliser

November 4, 2010
Milan 2-2 Real Madrid: Real lead, mistakes put them behind, Leon grabs a late equaliser

A pulsating game that finished all square, with both sides disappointed to have given up the victory. Read more »

Chelsea 4-1 Spartak Moscow: a stuttering start, but Chelsea eventually power past the Russians

November 3, 2010
Chelsea 4-1 Spartak Moscow: a stuttering start, but Chelsea eventually power past the Russians

Chelsea took longer than usual to get into their stride, but recorded a familiar comfortable victory. Read more »

Benfica 4-3 Lyon: four assists for Carlos Martins

November 3, 2010
Benfica 4-3 Lyon: four assists for Carlos Martins

A scoreline that makes the game seem closer than it was – Benfica were 4-0 up and cruising before switching off in the final minutes. Read more »