Leverkusen 4 – 4 AS Roma: Schmidt’s Zunkunftfußball on Tour

October 21, 2015

“Regardless of what happens today, yesterday’s 4-4 feast of a draw between Bayer Leverkusen and AS Roma at the BayArena is the match of the round. Perhaps feast is the wrong descriptor. Let’s try avant-garde installation piece instead. Adapting this descriptor instead, has avant-gardeism ever been so much fun? (Hmmmm.) Of course, all the fun should be attributed to Roger Schmidt’s vision and tactics for Tuesday’s match. For over a season now, in the Bundesliga, we’ve come to identify Schmidt’s hyper-pressing system at Leverkusen, which features an excessive number ball-seekers flooding forward to win back the ball quickly (a la Kloppian gegen-pressing) then flooding the width of the opponent’s box.” Bundesliga Fanatic

Tactical Analysis: Inter Milan 0-0 Juventus | A stalemate of two halves

October 21, 2015

“Sunday saw one of the most important matches in European and world football, the Derby d’Italia, which pitted at the Giuseppe Meazza Internazionale Milano of Roberto Mancini who arrived in second place in Serie A and Juventus of Massimiliano Allegri, who have not had a good start this season and in this game looked to raise their performance. The Nerazzurri lined up in a 4-4-2 system, with two central midfielders (Medel and Melo) who would lend aid to the defense if necessary.” Outside of the Boot

After Gradel, Martial and Payet: Who is Ligue 1’s Next Starlet?

October 19, 2015

“Ligue 1 has gotten some play in the English media this season for the talent that teams have bought this summer. Anthony Martial is scoring at a unsustainable rate but he’s exactly the type of striker that Manchester United need with Wayne Rooney’s continuing decline. Dimitri Payet has arguably been the best #10 in the league this season, Max Gradel before his knee injury was a perfect fit in Bournemouth’s system. Even N’Jie Clinton with his spare appearances has been a spark plug for Tottenham when he’s gotten the chance. This trend might very well continue next summer with the likes of Sofiane Boufal, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva.” Stats Bomb

A purple Italy? Fiorentina and the possibility of a dream Serie A title

October 19, 2015

“Florence has long reigned as one of Italy’s greatest cities. A city of culture, art and wonder. A city with one of the most historic and eldest Italian universities. Florence is a real treasure of Italy. Fiorentina is a real treasure of the city itself. One of Italy’s most famous clubs has been the place for many great players to showcase their ability, Gabriel Batistuta and Robert Baggio to name two.” backpagefootball

Tactical Analysis: Juventus 2-0 Sevilla | Allegri innovation keeps Sevilla at an arm’s length

October 5, 2015

“Juventus played a typical European game, taking control of the proceedings from the start and never allowed Sevilla a sniff at goal. The Old Lady ran out comfortable 2-0 winners on the night, and signalled their serious intent in the competition. Sevilla, meanwhile, were never in the game, and were overrun by the Bianconeri from the first minute to the last. Massimiliano Allegri did not repeat the mistakes that led to their loss to Napoli last weekend, and set his team up in the strongest way possible. Allegri showed his tactical nous in a European game once again, as he set his side up in a way that nullified the absence of a specialist right-back in the absence of the injured Stephan Lichtsteiner.” Outside of the Boot

Who wants to win Serie A?

October 2, 2015

“We are six games into the Serie A season and the major Italian clubs seem unwilling to win the league. Juventus, winners of four successive league titles, have completely given up on winning or playing well. They were terrible on Saturday night against Napoli. This was mostly because of Napoli’s performance, as the Partenopei did a wonderful job in pressing and harassing Juventus whenever they had the ball. Juventus’ misery was also self-inflicted, as they misplacing pass after pass when in possession, and even their famed defence looked shaky at best.” backpagefootball

Why AS Roma have an opportunity for the Scudetto

October 2, 2015

“The appointment of Rudi Garcia as manager for AS Roma signaled a change in fortune for the Italian capital club. Garcia joined Roma from Lille after his 2011 exploits won them their first Ligue 1 title since 1954. They were by far the most exciting team to watch in France with an abundance of attacking talent in a fast paced and zippy 4-3-3 formation. With Hazard and Gervinho flanking Moussa Sow, they resembled a French version of the mighty Barcelona.” Outside of the Boot


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