Yu Miyagawa - Soccer Analysis

Lukaku, Lautaro, Conte Transform Inter Milan

by Yu Miyagawa

Jan 24, 2020 4:06 PM

Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez represent a throwback from a tactical perspective. And leave it to Antonio Conte to walk his own path at the expense of modernity and trends. Read more »

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La Liga Match Abstract: Barcelona 1, Granada 0

by Yu Miyagawa

Jan 21, 2020 10:23 AM

The result was important, but most of all, the play reflected a nostalgia and familiarity of past sides. Can Barcelona play like this against Napoli in the Champions League? That question is beside the main point, for now. Read more »

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Ernesto Valverde Gets Caught Between Two Barcelonas

by Yu Miyagawa

Jan 18, 2020 4:17 PM

Barcelona managers must speak two languages, one of exterior results and the other of upholding an interior identity. Ernesto Valverde could never shake that ambivalent feeling, coming to embody the stasis of a club that had lost its academy-driven innovations within a possession-based framework. Read more »

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Building Adama Traore, The Dribbler With A Final Ball

by Yu Miyagawa

Athletic feats aside, Adama Traore's potential is being actualized in real time. The mixtape dribbles and bursts of pace are turning into real assists and goals. Read more »
Liverpool Become The First Signature Club Of The Twenties

by Yu Miyagawa

Liverpool aren't attempting to submit opponents through passing, but through an exertion of physicality and energy. The combination of high-tempo, pressing, attacking fullbacks, and a fluid front-three makes them a "distillation of the modern game." Read more »
2010s Soccer: A Decade Of Pressing, Branding & The Champions League

by Yu Miyagawa

A concoction of pressing, modern branding principles, and an emphasis on winning the Champions League created the modern game over the decade. Read more »
Marco Rose Develops His Own Style Of Emotional Football In Bundesliga

by Yu Miyagawa

There is an aspirational element to Gladbach this season, in how they've translated written theory into play. Their on-field success resonates in the digital world, that there are real world test cases. Read more »
Chris Wilder's Brand Enters A Global Language

by Yu Miyagawa

If English managers are suffering from a problem of fashion, then Chris Wilder could actually benefit from today's age. Like Guardiola's "tiki-taka" and Klopp's "gegenpressing", Wilder does have a brand with his "overlapping centerbacks." Read more »
The Humble One Returns To The Premier League

by Yu Miyagawa

The spectacle, the documentary and purpose as Jose Mourinho returns to the Premier League, this time as manager of Tottenham. Read more »
Balancing Stardom, Parity And La Liga's Global Vision

by Yu Miyagawa

Going hand in hand with a lack of high-end superstar power, an equally symbolic number as Real Madrid's attendance is 73: the projected point total of this year's La Liga champion. Read more »
MLS Cup Abstract: Seattle Sounders 3, Toronto FC 1

by Yu Miyagawa

The Sounders displayed an effective MLS formula of not making mistakes in possession, a bend but don't break defense, and quick switches of play in transition to isolate speedy attackers 1 v 1 against defenders. Read more »
The Ballon D'Or & Aging Strikers: Robert Lewandowski Accepts His Place

by Yu Miyagawa

Despite the numbers, it still feels as if Robert Lewandowski is overlooked on the European football consciousness. That oversight is exemplified by his fraught relationship with the Ballon dOr. Read more »
Stefano Pioli Brings The Age Of Realism To AC Milan

by Yu Miyagawa

AC Milan's struggles aren't necessarily from a lack of talent, but something lacking in the underlying emotion and personality. What's needed from a manager is more chemist than tactician. Read more »
To Possess Or Press: Joachim Low Clashes With A Changing Generation

by Yu Miyagawa

A triumph of Germany's 2014 World Cup title was in its validation of a long-term approach to player development. In hindsight, that success also emboldened a structure grasping at techniques that were successful in the past, despite the footballing world moving on. Read more »
Maradona Documentary Review: Pieces Together A Player, A Place, A Time

by Yu Miyagawa

At some point, there was no turning back as Maradona took control over Diego, with the armor of a persona shielding the person from a combination of idolatry, crippling addiction, and the hostility of Italy at the time. Read more »
Serie A Match Abstract: Juventus 2, Inter 1

by Yu Miyagawa

One could boil this match down to Sarri being able to bring in a Higuain-type of striker late into the match and Conte lacking that option. The more things change with a new style of Serie A, the more they stay the same. Read more »
Granit Xhaka, The Myth Of Captaincy And Signaling A Team's Aspirations

by Yu Miyagawa

Analytics could further change the perception of a captain's importance. Granit Xhaka was bought by Arsenal partly due to his underlying statistics, especially with a high "packing" metric. Read more »
La Liga Match Abstract: Real Madrid 0, Atletico Madrid 0

by Yu Miyagawa

We don't necessarily ascribe defending to Real Madrid, but it looks like Zinedine Zidane went back to basics after an early season spent on the hot seat. Read more »
Inaki Williams Blends A Club's Past With A Portal Into The Future

by Yu Miyagawa

Inaki Williams could have played for any other club in the world, but he chose Athletic. For Athletic, Williams represents both a celebration of its past, but also a portal into how the club may survive and thrive in the future. Read more »
Soccer Reflecting Life: How Samuel Eto'o Defined His Era

by Yu Miyagawa

With his journey, there may be no footballer who better represented what it meant to be shaped by the game, by how the game could move, by what it could give and take away. Eto'o may not have been the defining player of his era, but no player experienced the era more deeply. Read more »

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