Manchester United 3-1 Tottenham: Full-back errors cost Spurs

April 24, 2010
Manchester United 3-1 Tottenham: Full-back errors cost Spurs

A classic game of two halves: the first stale, tight and one that took 28 minutes for a shot – the second open, exciting and stretched. United played poorly in the final third but took advantage of Spurs mistakes. Read more »

Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City: Chalkboard analysis

April 24, 2010

Arsenal v Manchester City was the definition of a bore draw. Some Chalkboard analysis is likely to be more interesting than a match report (and quite possibly more exciting than the actual game too). Read more »

Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City: A lack of creativity

April 24, 2010
Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City: A lack of creativity

A 0-0 is hardly surprising when neither side have any true motivation to take all three points. For Arsenal, the season is over. For City, with the result at Old Trafford, a point was a good result, with Spurs still yet to travel to the City of Manchester Stadium. Read more »

Hamburg 0-0 Fulham: two similar sides

April 23, 2010
Hamburg 0-0 Fulham: two similar sides

A very lifeless game contested by two sides seemingly happy to take the 0-0; both played similar 4-4-2 shapes and consequently no player enjoyed any time or space on the ball. Read more »

Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

April 22, 2010
Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

Jonathan Wilson recently wrote in his excellent ‘The Question’ series about the possibility of the return of the sweeper to football. The sweeper prospered as the ’spare man’ in a three-man central defence up against a two-man attack, so now we have two-man central defences up against one-man attacks, should one centre-back not become a sweeper? Read more »

Bayern 1-0 Lyon: Unremarkable game, fair result

April 21, 2010
Bayern 1-0 Lyon: Unremarkable game, fair result

Some unfavourable games for the goal-loving neutral can turn out to be the most interesting for the tactical enthusiast. Sadly, this wasn’t really the case tonight, as a toothless Lyon went down to a relatively subdued Bayern in a muted contest. Read more »

Bayern Munich v Lyon: tactical preview

April 21, 2010
Bayern Munich v Lyon: tactical preview

We haven’t had a German side in the Champions League semi-finalist since 2001/02, we haven’t had a French one since 2003/04. Both Leverkusen and Monaco went onto lose in the final, and it’s fair to say that whoever progresses from this tie will be expected to do the same. Read more »

Inter 3-1 Barcelona: Why did Pep Guardiola play Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

April 20, 2010
Inter 3-1 Barcelona: Why did Pep Guardiola play Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

It’s not often during his two seasons as Barcelona manager that you can conclusively say that Pep Guardiola got his tactics wrong – but tonight that was the case, as Inter take an important two-goal lead to the Nou Camp. Read more »

Inter v Barcelona: passing statistics

April 20, 2010
Inter v Barcelona: passing statistics

Even taking into account the fact that it’s Barcelona we’re dealing with, these passing statistics really are quite incredible. Read more »

Inter v Barcelona: tactical preview

April 19, 2010
Inter v Barcelona: tactical preview

Many have commented that, in an ideal world, this may have been the final of the competition. Barcelona and Inter are generally considered to be the strongest two sides left in the Champions League – and of course, they are also the only two actual champions left. Read more »