How Did Tottenham Stifle Manchester City’s Attack? Analyzing Nuno Espírito Santo’s Defensive Tactics in City’s Buildup

Nuno Espírito Santo out-smarted Pep Guardiola in the Premier League’s top-billed match of the opening weekend. Espírito Santo’s tactics allowed him to beat last season’s champions and stop one of their strongest aspects of play—their buildup that enables endless, dangerous, flowing attacks. This article analyzes those tactics.… Read More How Did Tottenham Stifle Manchester City’s Attack? Analyzing Nuno Espírito Santo’s Defensive Tactics in City’s Buildup

RSC Anderlecht Dominate 10-Man RFC Seraing 3-0: Analysis of Kompany’s First Win of the 21/22 Pro League

Article by Ben Griffis. This is the third analysis of Café Tactiques’s season-long Belgian Jupiler Pro League project where we will analyze many matches before creating a tactical profile of teams at the end of the season. RSC Anderlecht beat 10-man RFC Seraing in a game of two halves which saw Vincent Kompany earn his… Read More RSC Anderlecht Dominate 10-Man RFC Seraing 3-0: Analysis of Kompany’s First Win of the 21/22 Pro League

Oostende Profit From Genk’s Poor Corner Defense in a 7 Goal Thriller: KRC Genk 3-4 KV Oostende

Oostende took advantage of Genk’s poor corner defending in a 7-goal thriller, while Genk played a solid game, and created many chances through Bongonda, Ito, and Trésor. This article will analyze the both squads’ performance before breaking down the goals and how they arose from the team’s tactics and play.… Read More Oostende Profit From Genk’s Poor Corner Defense in a 7 Goal Thriller: KRC Genk 3-4 KV Oostende

Urawa Red Diamonds 2-2 Vissel Kobe Tactical Analysis: Shades of Barcelona in an Entertaining Match

Urawa Red Diamonds hosted Vissel Kobe for the second leg of the J.League Cup Playoff Round on June 13th. The match ended as a 2-2 stalemate after an entertaining match where both teams’ tactics were reminiscent of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, spearheaded by ex-Barcelona men Andrés Iniesta and Sergi Samper. Urawa Reds will move onto the Quarter Finals of Japan’s league cup after winning the first leg the week before 2-1 in Kobe.… Read More Urawa Red Diamonds 2-2 Vissel Kobe Tactical Analysis: Shades of Barcelona in an Entertaining Match

Seongnam 1-5 Jeonbuk: Brilliant Jeonbuk Take Advantage of Seongnam’s Defensive Woes

Article by Ben Griffis Seongnam FC hosted Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC on June 6th, 2021 in a rescheduled Round 15 matchup. The original match was postponed because of COVID protocols after Seongnam’s match against FC Seoul where one of Seoul’s players tested positive after the match. Kim Nam-il’s Seongnam, after a solid start to the… Read More Seongnam 1-5 Jeonbuk: Brilliant Jeonbuk Take Advantage of Seongnam’s Defensive Woes

Gwangju 3-4 Suwon Samsung Bluewings: Tactical Analysis of a Thrilling K League Round 18 Match

Gwangju FC hosted Suwon Samsung Bluewings in a thrilling 18th Round K League 1 match on May 23, 2021. Both teams profited from their opponent’s defensive errors. This article analyzes both team’s tactics in a match ending 3-4 to the visitors and one which saw 3 goals after the 80th minute.… Read More Gwangju 3-4 Suwon Samsung Bluewings: Tactical Analysis of a Thrilling K League Round 18 Match

Analysis of Roma 5-0 Crotone: Fonseca’s Back 4 Remains Undefeated in 2020/21

Roma emphatically beat Crotone 5-0 on May 9th at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, but the score masks some of Roma’s defensive errors and Crotone’s successful defensive tactics while showcasing Crotone’s major defensive errors and Roma’s opportunistic attacking. This article looks at both teams’ tactics.… Read More Analysis of Roma 5-0 Crotone: Fonseca’s Back 4 Remains Undefeated in 2020/21

Rangers 4-1 Celtic: Tactical Analysis of Rangers’ Final Old Firm Test In Push For Invincible Season

The historic Old Firm of Scotland battled it out on May 2nd to a 4-1 Rangers victory. Rangers had already won the league and Celtic were guaranteed 2nd place, but this match’s meaning never changes based on league position or if titles/positions are at stake. For these storied clubs, this match is everything. Supporters demand victory for their club regardless of the players, managers, situation, or other factors surrounding the club at kickoff.… Read More Rangers 4-1 Celtic: Tactical Analysis of Rangers’ Final Old Firm Test In Push For Invincible Season

Hamburg 1-1 Karlsruher SC: HSV Promotion Hopes Narrowed by KSC’s Compact Defensive Tactics

Karlsruher SC kept a structured and narrow defensive shape in their 1-1 draw with Hamburger SV. This article breaks down both team’s tactics and how both HSV and KSC couldn’t create many chances from open play. HSV’s promotion hopes are now under even more pressure.… Read More Hamburg 1-1 Karlsruher SC: HSV Promotion Hopes Narrowed by KSC’s Compact Defensive Tactics