Video Analysis: The Tale of the Kwasniok Table

31 games in, Jena was 8 points away from safety.7 games later, they finish 1 point ahead of the relegation zone. Coach Lukas Kwasniok introduced his own table for these 7 games and put it in the change room. They won 6 of the games. But the story starts earlier. They used to operate in […]

Sundowns do enough to secure back to back ABSA Premiership titles

Free State Stars took on Mamelodi Sundowns in a crucial final league game in the South African ABSA Premiership. The home side badly needed a result to avoid relegation to the National First Division, while a win would secure back to back league titles for the away side. The Pretoria based away side lined up […]

Case Study: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona 7/5/2019

Three goals down, with no away goal to cushion any mistakes and Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita out through injury, Liverpool’s chances of progressing to the final were slim at best. Jurgen Klopp continued with his usual 4-3-3 formation, while Ernesto Valverde set up Barcelona in their usual 4-4-2/4-3-3 system, where Philippe Coutinho […]

Goal Analysis: Virgil van Dijk – Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool 4/5/2019

Liverpool’s gameplan appeared to be to keep their midfield deep and stretch them out across the pitch, hoping to pull Newcastle’s forward and open up gaps between them to play passes through to their forwards between the lines. Newcastle didn’t take the bait though: they were disciplined and kept their positions in the centre until […]

Goal Analysis: Stephan El Shaarawy – Internazionale 1-1 AS Roma 20/4/2019

The move starts with a long ball forward to Edin Dzeko, who spreads the ball out to Stephan El Shaarawy on the left. Inter’s backline has dropped off to ensure the ball can’t be played in behind them, giving El Shaarawy time to control the ball and get running at Danilo D’Ambrosio. El Shaarawy runs […]