With the football world still reeling from the shock and audacity of Leicester City's Premier League triumph, we sketch the Foxes' remarkable rise from the depths of League one through to Premier League glory in the space of seven years.
The fabled European night at Anfield played backdrop to yet another comeback victory for Liverpool; this time over Villarreal; as the Merseysiders coasted through to a first European final in nine years. We now look back on some of the Reds' most memorable continental finals as they get set to lock horns with Sevilla on May 18th at the St.Jakob-Park in Basel.
Arsenal threw away a two-goal advantage against West Ham on Saturday to draw 3-3, with Andy Carroll's hat-trick proving to be the Gunners' undoing. TheHardTackle analyses the tactical battle between two sides aiming for a top four finish.
When the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) took over Liverpool in 2010, they came with a desire to implement the famous 'Moneyball' tactics which had taken the whole of baseball by storm in the previous decade. Six years on and with little discernible positive impact, perhaps it is time for the Reds' owners to rethink their philosophy.
Robert Lewandowski pegged one back a minute after Morata’s substitution, and from that point on, things went spiralling downwards for Juventus, who were on the receiving end of three more goals before the night was done. The Bianconeri's substitutions, which proved to be a boon in the first leg, turned out to be fatal in the second.
Built up as one of the most important North London derbies of our time, the match did not disappoint. Wenger giving Spurs the respect they deserved lined up with two out and out defensive midfielders in Elneny and Coquelin. Ramsey instead of moving out wide to form a 4-2-3-1, took up a position in between the centre and the right of midfield forming a distorted 4-3-3. This way of lining up meant that the play was congested towards the centre and the left of Arsenal’s midfield leaving the right side free for both opposing full backs.
A detailed break-down of the facts and figures pertaining to the allegations of fraud and corruption against Neymar and Barcelona
Pep Guardiola and his Bayern team were at their scintillating best. Only Pep can make a team line up in a 4-3-3 and change shapes multiple times to a 5-2-2-1 or a 3-4-3 depending on the way you see it. The idea was to split the field laterally into 2 halves with the imaginary line drawn from Neuer through Vidal to Lewandowski.
One of the biggest upsets in European continental football this season has been FC Midtjylland's amazing 2-1 victory over Manchester United at the MCH Arena in a Europa League Round of 32 clash on Thursday.
Of the several talented young attacking prospects Chelsea have on their books at present, midfielder Charly Musonda Junior stands out as the brightest. TheHardTackle profiles the Belgian teenager, whose loan move to La Liga side Real Betis has finally given him the platform to shine on the world stage.