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Atleti's Confused Identity

by Colin McGowan

Diego Simeone has a team that could soar, given a little more liberty, with a few new ideas. He's either reluctant to provide what they need because he's holding fast to some fading identity the club no longer embodies. Read more »
Zlatko Dalic And The Croatian Miracle Prepare For 2022

by Yu Miyagawa

The role of Zlatko Dalic and future national team managers is to steer a team as opposed to implementing paradigm shifting formational innovations. Read more »
Lucien Favre, Marco Reus And A Sustainable, Clever Dortmund

by Yu Miyagawa

The manner of Dortmund's success under Lucien Favre this season - counter attacking, intense, pacy yet technical - is a return to their core principles that enthralled us their first time around in Europe. Read more »
Zlatan, Drogba & Rooney Complete Their Soccer Story In America

by Yu Miyagawa

Drogba, Ibrahimovic and Rooney recontextualized the move in terms of those viral moments that only superstars can create, those plays that define seasons, teams and eras that burn in supporters' minds long after they've gone. Read more »
Replacing 50 Goals: How Real Madrid Failed To Rebuild Their Attack

by Yu Miyagawa

There were supposed to be ready-made replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo, and not just in striker Mariano Diaz taking Ronaldo’s #7 jersey. Read more »
Carlo Ancelotti Rediscovers His Serenity In Serie A

by Yu Miyagawa

How differently Carlo Ancelotti has been perceived by two different sets of players and management highlights the unique culture at each club, and the importance of finding both players and managers who fit those unspoken rules. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Liverpool 0, Manchester City 0

by Yu Miyagawa

It's fascinating how despite the all the tactics, pressing and previews, it's disconnected, individual moments that change the entire narrative of a match. Read more »
Jose Mourinho And The Loyalty Of His Center Backs

by Yu Miyagawa

In a classic Jose Mourinho paradox, he is both right in his analysis yet also shoulders the blame. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1

by Yu Miyagawa

Klopp revealed the joy of his locker room in stealing a point. Sarri, on the other hand, admits Chelsea are much closer to Liverpool and Manchester City than he imagined. Read more »
Possession, Pressing, Powerplays: Julen Lopetegui Puts The Past Behind

by Yu Miyagawa

Strangely, in a roundabout way, Julen Lopetegui lost his chance to lead Spain on the world's biggest stage but he finds himself firmly in the national team picture. Read more »
Jurgen Klopp Refines Liverpool's Pressure For Four Competitions

by Yu Miyagawa

Two matches spanning just four days crystalized the difference between this season and last for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side. Read more »
UEFA Nations League Match Abstract: Portugal 1, Italy 0

by Yu Miyagawa

Italy have won just once in their last seven matches, highlighting a player development problem beyond changing managers. Read more »
Manuel Pellegrini Plays Catch Up To The Premier League After Two Years

by Yu Miyagawa

The critics say that Manuel Pellegrini needs to "become brutal" to survive this season in England, both in his docile personality and in his side's physicality and activity out of possession. Read more »
Monchi, Backheels & Retweets: Roma Push Further Into Modern Sports Age

by Yu Miyagawa

Tweet after tweet, back heel after back heel, undervalued signing after undervalued signing, Roma push the boundaries of the modern sports fandom through a holistic approach. Read more »
La Liga Preview, Part II: Messi Carries Barcelona For Another Season

by Yu Miyagawa

There may be no longing analysis of a side other than having the best player in the world, or no glowing recaps of a playing philosophy the way there was when Messi played with Xavi and Iniesta. But there will be trophies. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Christian Pulisic

by Colin McGowan

Christian Pulisic's career is still firmly in its developmental phase, and he's a star only in terms of the attention he gets from folks who are eager for the USMNT to finally have a world-class player. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Chelsea 3, Arsenal 2

by Yu Miyagawa

As managers new to England quickly discover, Maurizio Sarri will need to figure out his defending off scrambles and second balls to prevent what he described as a "horrible" 15 minutes in which Arsenal evened the score in the first half. Read more »
La Liga Preview, Part 1: Atletico Madrid's Most Dangerous Team

by Yu Miyagawa

This upcoming season doesn't feel like an iteration of Atleti, but an entirely new sequence. Atleti can still win matches 1-0, but they can also score four goals if necessary. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Gareth Bale

by Colin McGowan

Gareth Bale exists in the two states: recovering from a calf injury and on the verge of a pulled hamstring. He's somehow been somehow invisible at the biggest club in the world, but that's changed with Ronaldo leaving for Italy. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Cristiano Ronaldo

by Colin McGowan

We often ask athletes that they build their lives around the game they play, because we feel that if they're not doing everything in their power to play well, we're somehow being robbed of their potential. Ronaldo is one of the few players who clears that ridiculous bar and he still occasionally catches flak, because he's doing it for selfish reasons. Read more »

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