Yu Miyagawa - Soccer Analysis

Where Does Thomas Tuchel Go From Here?

by Yu Miyagawa

Jan 15, 2021 2:25 PM

Thomas Tuchel admittedly knows what he wants now in the future: to go back to just managing on the field, to reconnect with the traits that made him such a compelling managerial figure in the first place. His time at PSG was a blip of fantasy, now it's time to go back to simplicity. Read more »

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, IQ

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Iago Aspas: From Liverpool To Somewhere Among Messi And Benzema

by Yu Miyagawa

Jan 8, 2021 3:11 PM

Iago Aspas is of a region, as close to a folkloric player as we want in the social media age. He gives space to secrets, that a player could be one of the best in the league and still go unnoticed. Read more »

Tags: Celta de Vigo, Liverpool

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A 2020 Year In Review: How Pressing, And a Pandemic,Will Shape 2021

by Yu Miyagawa

Jan 1, 2021 9:22 PM

The emphasis on eschewing safety for pressing is why Hansi Flick's Bayern were the team that both dominated and defined 2020. Read more »

Tags: Bayern Munich, Liverpool, IQ

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Ted Lasso: 2013's Soccer Avatar Crossing Into The Digital Age

by Yu Miyagawa

An American manager taking over a large Premier League club seemed impossible in 2013. Again, just in over seven years, it seems only a matter of time. Read more »
Dortmund Returns To Emotional Football

by Yu Miyagawa

Lucien Favre's legacy at Dortmund was of a stabilizing manager who attempted to play attractive football, developed young talent, and almost won. Read more »
Lionel Messi, Advertising & The Weight Of Jersey Numbers

by Yu Miyagawa

When Messi and Tevez paid tribute with their jerseys, it was to bring Maradona to the present. But it was also Tevez and Messi, along with us, reaching back to the simplicity of the past. Read more »
Roberto De Zerbi Builds The Answer To Pressing

by Yu Miyagawa

Playing with a signature, possession-based style, against any opponent, is the victory for Roberto De Zerbi in itself. How that translates onto the table is for the rest of us. Read more »
Diego Maradona, Who Gave Us Meaning

by Yu Miyagawa

There was always a distance, an invisible glass, that could never be breached with Maradona. We were below, and he stood above as we never intersected on the same plane. Read more »
Building The USMNT In A Global Footballing World

by Yu Miyagawa

Through a combination of happenstance and planning, the USMNT looked outward, and the results are beginning to match the expectations we'd built up this entire time. Read more »
From Red Bull To Red Zones: Ralph Hasenhuttl's Own Pressing Brand

by Yu Miyagawa

Ralph Hasenhuttl has said he prefers his side to fly under the radar, adding that it’s more fun to be a pirate "than to join the navy." While the outsider status suits him, big clubs are seeking him out and they would have to conform to him. Read more »
The Meaning Of Zlatan Ibrahimovic In 2020

by Yu Miyagawa

Even during a pandemic, even on his last legs, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing how he's always played, embodying the character he's always been, making us feel close but keeping a distance, as he's always done. Read more »
Mikel Arteta, Jose Mourinho And The Missing No. 10s

by Yu Miyagawa

But where, if anywhere, are 10s thriving? Even articles about the demise of the No. 10 are decreasing as we move on to analyzing structure. Read more »
The Value Of Building American Soccer Pipeline Into Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Our discussions over the existential future of American soccer revolved around player development, though less exciting, non-viral topics like infrastructure and pathways were equally as essential for sustainability. Read more »
Arsene Wenger Explains The World

by Yu Miyagawa

Though Arsene Wenger only left Arsenal in 2018, this feels like a completely different footballing world, even if he played an essential role in shaping it. Read more »
Sporting Directors, Edinson Cavani & The Search For A Genuine No. 9

by Yu Miyagawa

In lieu of nine figure superstars, Edinson Cavani's free transfer could end up being the best value in the window for a club that doesn't need to do value. Even when the process is incomplete, you can still arrive at the correct answer. Read more »
Neymar, Puma And The Value Of Soccer Influencers In 2020

by Yu Miyagawa

With Ronaldo as Nike's lifetime top earner, and Sancho and Mbappe its future, what was Neymar's role in the hierarchy? You either are the legacy act or the future. Now he gets more money and a bigger role with Puma. Read more »
Stasis & Opulence: La Liga's Identity Remains In Flux

by Yu Miyagawa

What becomes of an identity if it is no longer true? We could find out this season as the state of La Liga's two superpowers has opened up a space for a host of other clubs. Read more »
Continuity, Pressing And Navigating The 20-21 Premier League Season

by Yu Miyagawa

We've concluded that this past season and this current season should be analyzed as two parts of one continuous timeline with the richest clubs having even a bigger advantage than in a typical season. Read more »
Lionel Messi Will Define La Liga's Season, Again

by Yu Miyagawa

Lionel Messi is staying, but the storylines, rumors and narratives aren't over. We'll go through the cycle again next summer as Messi's contract expires. Between now and then, we'll examine everything. Read more »
Shaped By 2020, Atalanta Gives Serie A The Blueprint For The Future

by Yu Miyagawa

Their 3-4-3 attacking style defied narratives of Serie A's defensive reputation. They’ve built further upon that excitement this season, straddling the gap between the mainstream and keeping their indie spark. Read more »

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