Jürgen Klopp teaches Liverpool the art of filling space dynamically

November 2, 2016

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“Liverpool remain a work in progress but it’s coming together promisingly. During Jürgen Klopp’s first campaign at Anfield the players adapted quickly to his high-energy, heavy-pressing system and regularly disrupted the opposition’s passing but they only sporadically formulated quick, incisive attacking moves themselves.” Guardian – Michael Cox, Michael Cox

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Are Sampaoli’s Sevilla ready to challenge?

November 2, 2016

“Before last Sunday’s clash between Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, Diego Simeone had suggested that his opponents could challenge for the title this season. ‘Mind games’ was the initial reaction. Put a little pressure on the home side who had begun the season encouragingly. The second thought was that Simeone was just being nice, bigging up his compatriot Jorge Sampaoli who succeeded Unai Emery at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in the summer.” backpagefootball


Tactical Analysis: TSG Hoffenheim 1 – 0 Hertha Berlin

November 2, 2016

“A potentially exciting clash between two red-hot sides: Julian Nagelsmann’s boys against Pal Dardai’s Hertha Berlin. A clash of two youngish tacticians from different generations: Nagelsmann, a 29-year old, Dardai, a 40 year old. So how did this generational clash play out?” Bundesliga Fanatic


2016-17 Ligue 1 (France/1st division) location-map, with: 15/16 attendance data… Plus the 3 promoted clubs (Nancy, Dijon, Metz).

November 2, 2016

“… New Regions of France (effective 1 Jan 2016/final decree of names on 1 Oct 2016). Regions in France have been reduced from 27 regions to 18 regions…Regions of France [1982-2016] (en.wikipedia.org). The 3 promoted clubs in the 2016-17 Ligue U.” Bill Sports Maps


Debunking The Myth: The Bundesliga is Competitive and No One Can Hide It

November 2, 2016

“The people who say that the English Premier League or Spanish La Liga are better than the Bundesliga often say that Germany’s domestic league isn’t competitive. They go on to reference Bayern’s title streak and use that stat to show that the Bavarians have no competition along with the fact that Dortmund was their only real challenger. But based on what’s gone on this season for the big clubs and the not as big clubs, along with the league’s European showings, this argument is no longer valid and probably never was.” Bundesliga Fanatic


Stoke City – But I’m Different Now

November 2, 2016

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“Stoke City finished in a highly creditable ninth place in the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, the third year in a row that the club from the Potteries had ended up ninth under manager Mark Hughes. Although this highlighted the fact that Stoke have become an established member of the Premier League, their traditional underdog spirit was underlined in their annual report by chairman Peter Coates describing this feat as merely ensuring that ‘the club will play a ninth consecutive year in the top league during the 2016/17 season.’” Swiss Ramble


Manchester City 3-1 Barcelona, 2016 Champions League: 3 Things We Learned

November 2, 2016

“Barcelona have lost for the first in the Champions League this season, and it was an ugly loss. Manchester City dominated the Catalans in the second half and pulled of a fantastic 3-1 comeback victory thanks to a Pep Guardiola masterpiece of tactical brilliance, intensity and high pressing.” Barcablaugranes