Soccer Analysis

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson Cross Their Way Through Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Fullbacks have been perceived as the most valuable position on the field for over a decade, with their importance as box to box players relied upon to attack and defend symbolized through record-breaking transfer fees. Yet no team in Europe relies upon their fullbacks for creativity in the final third more than Liverpool. Read more »
Neymar, PSG & Using The Champions League As The Measure

by Yu Miyagawa

The Champions League switched from being a glamour trophy to the single defining symbol of a side's season. Nowhere is that more true than Paris Saint-Germain. Read more »
Barca Still Testing The Limits Of Lionel Messi After All These Years

by Colin McGowan

There is no full accounting for Lionel Messi, but the players around him-they can be found out more easily than Barcelona's record suggests. Read more »
Searching For The Next Great European Striker In Luka Jovic

by Yu Miyagawa

There are three distinct traits that showcase how seamlessly Luka Jovic's goalscoring ability could fit in the modern European game: inside the box goals, the late-running nature of those goals and the number of first touch goals. Read more »
20 Months Lost In One Match: Pep Guardiola Turns Pragmatic In Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Singular matches decided by a moment or mistake adds to the mystique of the Champions League, however incompatible it may be with Pep Guardiola's thinking. Read more »
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium & The Changing Table Stakes Of Modern Soccer

by Yu Miyagawa

How not to get left behind in European soccer without outside investment, when spending over a billion dollars on a new stadium offers no guarantees of success, is one of the many paradoxes of the modern game. Read more »
Bundesliga Match Report: Bayern 5, Dortmund 0

by Yu Miyagawa

This match showed off the best of Bayern: their pace, attacking, pressure, and mentality and obsession to dominate matches for 90 minutes without any break. Read more »
Roberto De Zerbi And The Burden Of Possession-Based Branding

by Yu Miyagawa

Roberto De Zerbi is in his critically-acclaimed independent phase of his career. What he loses or gains when he moves to the Hollywood stage remains to be seen, but thatís also a story weíve seen before. Read more »
How Gregg Berhalter Disorganizes Defenses For The Social, Modern Age

by Yu Miyagawa

Gregg Berhalter's style promotes movement, spacing, and pressing. And considering his affinity for explanation, plus the way we devour information online, perhaps he'll further progress another generation of tacticians as well. Read more »
Serie A Match Abstract: Inter 3, AC Milan 2

by Yu Miyagawa

That was not only one of the best Milan derbies in recent memory, that will surely be one of the matches of the season. Read more »
MLS Adopts The Language And Story Of A Selling League

by Yu Miyagawa

If last season was about clubs signing young South American talent, then this season presents the other side of that equation. Yet there is a tension between player development and building a cohesive, competitive side. Read more »
Puma Jerseys And Scale: City Extends Their 24/7 Global Brand

by Yu Miyagawa

Ambitious jersey deals are just one example of how the internet is reshaping the footballing world. Likewise, the deal also gives Puma the opportunity to tap into the CFG network as a player would. Read more »
Real Madrid Finally Reaches A Point Of Harsh Self-Assessment

by Colin McGowan

The advantage of being the biggest club in the world is that when all else fails, you can afford to be spectacularly unsubtle, remake the shape of an entire squad in the span of a single summer. Read more »
Transfer Bans & Rows: Sarri Navigates Another Chelsea Week At Chelsea

by Yu Miyagawa

The mentality and pestilence brought on by instability looks to set Chelsea into a culture of short booms like Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte initially experienced, followed by an inevitable decline regardless of the manager. Read more »
Valverde, Simeone And The Search For Continuity In La Liga

by Yu Miyagawa

How can two teams searching for continuity feel so different? Even with Ernesto Valverde more successful from a trophy standpoint last season, his signing feels like an existential acceptance that Messi must carry the team. Read more »
The Presence Or Absence Of Imagination

by Colin McGowan

In the end, the most important aspect of style is having one, to look like you're trying to do something a specific way, and succeeding. Liverpool and Atleti had styles in their UCL matches this week against Bayern and Juventus. Read more »
Gasperini's Atalanta Project: Fitness, Failure & Regional Inspiration

by Yu Miyagawa

That Gasperini is finding success at this relatively late age shows there are foundational truths of the game, about pressure and fitness, regardless of the current tactical moment. Read more »
Premier League Match Report: City 6, Chelsea 0

by Yu Miyagawa

How does Maurizio Sarri recover from this? It was the heaviest defeat for Chelsea in 28 years and they looked lost as a team. Read more »
Tactics, Mentality, Cooperative Football: Maurizio Sarri Hits A Wall

by Yu Miyagawa

Maurizio Sarri, perhaps too successful too early in the season, is a victim of his own success and expectations. Read more »
The Fundamental, Unavoidable Problem Of VAR

by Colin McGowan

VAR is exhausting and the on-pitch litigating has only intensified, because the players donít know (or donít care) whatís supposed to be reviewable and not. Read more »

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