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 »

Lazio 1-2 Roma: Ranieri gets his starting line-up wrong, but fixes it at half-time

April 19, 2010
Lazio 1-2 Roma: Ranieri gets his starting line-up wrong, but fixes it at half-time

Claudio Ranieri is a manager renowned for his surprise (and slightly baffling substitutions) – even being nicknamed ‘the tinkerman’ as a result. When he gets to the end of his career, however, he may well look at his substitutions in this Rome Derby as the most important of his career. Read more »

Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia: Real win the midfield battle

April 18, 2010
Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia: Real win the midfield battle

In the end, this was a routine win for Real, and the scoreline doesn’t really reflect their dominance.  As if the gap between Spain’s top two and the rest needed to be outlined any further, the difference between Real (2nd) and Valencia (3rd) is now an incredible 24 points. Read more »

Man City 0-1 Man Utd: Paul Scholes – he scores goals

April 17, 2010
Man City 0-1 Man Utd: Paul Scholes – he scores goals

They say that football is great because it is so unpredictable, but there’s little in football more predictable than a stoppage time Manchester United winner in a title run-in. It wouldn’t be a Premiership season without one. Read more »

Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea: Spurs better in defence, midfield and attack

April 17, 2010
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea: Spurs better in defence, midfield and attack

Sam Allardyce recently said that 4-4-2 is ineffective at at the highest level, and therefore is now irrelevant to the Premiership. The traditionalists will be delighted, therefore, that Tottenham have managed to beat two of the top three sides in the division within four days – by playing a 4-4-2. Read more »

Inter 2-0 Juventus: I Nerazzurri rely on a sending-off and a wonderstrike

April 17, 2010
Inter 2-0 Juventus: I Nerazzurri rely on a sending-off and a wonderstrike

Inter emerge victorious, but it was far from easy. A surprising system from Alberto Zaccheroni flummoxed Inter, and it took a combination of Momo Sissoko’s madness and Maicon’s brilliance to give Inter the crucial three points. Read more »

Zenit 1-0 Lokomotiv: superior wing play proves decisive

April 16, 2010
Zenit 1-0 Lokomotiv: superior wing play proves decisive

A game that was simultaneously open and cagey – the midfields were free to roam in the wide open spaces with both defences playing deep, and yet neither side wanted to take charge of the game. Read more »

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Spurs defend deep, narrow – and brilliantly

April 15, 2010
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Spurs defend deep, narrow – and brilliantly

Tottenham record their first league win over Arsenal for a decade, and simultaneously rule Arsenal out of the title race. Arsene Wenger’s side have been written off on at least two previous occasions, but this, surely, is the end of the road. Read more »

Benfica 2-0 Sporting: the side who actually tried to score eventually did

April 15, 2010
Benfica 2-0 Sporting: the side who actually tried to score eventually did

For a contest that is often amongst the most exciting derbies in Europe, Sporting and Benfica have produced two really dull games this season. Benfica won this one because they offered some form of attacking threat. Sporting didn’t. Read more »

Fiorentina 0-1 Inter: Eto’o wins the tie, then Inter go ultra-defensive

April 14, 2010
Fiorentina 0-1 Inter: Eto’o wins the tie, then Inter go ultra-defensive

When two teams play each other twice in quick succession, the second game is often boring and predictable – so the fact that there were eleven changes between the sides from the weekend’s line-ups was a welcome surprise. Read more »