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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 »
Paul Pogba Isn't Young Anymore But He's Still An Enigma

by Colin McGowan

Paul Pogba is 26 years old and should be in his prime. Yet what he is, at present, and what he still could be, in the future, remains hazy. 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 »
El Clásico Abstract: Barcelona 0, Real Madrid 0

by Yu Miyagawa

The match was always going to end 0-0 considering both a cautious nature and lack of penalty box quality from both sides. There were no real clearcut chances or intricate buildup play. 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 »
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 »
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 d’Or. 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 »
The Essential 50 Of The 19-20 Premier League Season

by Yu Miyagawa

The following is a list of the 50 essential players and managers who will define the 2019-20 Premier League season. Read more »
Dissecting How Diego Simeone's Atleti Project Stalled

by Colin McGowan

The reality is Diego Simeone's past few years at Atleti have revealed a certain cowardice within, an unwillingness to fail on unfamiliar terms and a comfort with losing so long as he's gone down using trusty methods. Read more »
Pragmatism In A Changing Serie A: The Legacy Of Max Allegri

by Yu Miyagawa

The most interesting aspect of Max Allegri's success is that it came with no defined, built-in style or catchphrase, no tiki-taka or gegenpressing branding or philosophy easily consumed by audiences. Read more »
Five Matchups That Will Define The 2019 Champions League Final

by Yu Miyagawa

With each team's unique, singular journey to the Champions League Final, both Liverpool and Tottenham can claim destiny on their side. Read more »
Arjen Robben & Franck Ribery Defined The Modern Winger At Bayern

by Yu Miyagawa

Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were the most impactful winger duo in European football for the past decade. But beyond the numbers was how they shaped the way Bayern played from tradition. Read more »
Bernardo Silva Drives Manchester City With His Masterpiece Season

by Yu Miyagawa

Bernardo Silva may simultaneously be City's most creative player and their most industrious. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Fundamental, Unavoidable Problem Of VAR

by Colin McGowan

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

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