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We analyze PSG against Manchester City, the Champions League semi-final played on May 4th 2021. - City's 4-4-2 shape: almost like Atlético - PSG problems in possession: fullbacks and Icardi - Neymar's role: not good enough in the final third - City's tweaks at half-time - PSG losing their head - Evaluating PSG's season Feel free to send an e-mail t…
 
We analyze Real Madrid versus Chelsea, the Champions League semi-final played on April semifinal played on April 27, 2021. - Zidane's pivot to 5-3-2 and why it didn't work - Chelsea buildup getting past Madrid's press - Madrid not showing up - Tuchel's coaching - Will Chelsea rue that they did not get more from this match? Feel free to send an e-ma…
 
We analyze Chelsea versus Manchester City, the FA Cup semifinal played on April 17th, 2021. - City's narrow 4-2-3-1 press - City fullbacks vs Chelsea wingbacks - How Chelsea exploited City's fullbacks - Chelsea's defensive block - Why Pep stopped using Cancelo as inverted RB - Pep's unusual game management - Chelsea's goal - Is this a signal of Cit…
 
We break down Real Madrid - FC Barcelona, played in LaLiga on April 10, 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - Zidane's tactical adjustments - Barcelona now building up with 3+2 instead of 3+1 - How Valverde was key in Real's tactical plan - Barcelona's attacking troubles on the right - Koeman's successful half-time adjustments - The impact of the…
 
We break down RB Leipzig versus Bayern Munich, played in the Bundesliga on April 3rd, 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - Leipzig's fluid formation - Leipzig's pressing initially dominates - How Kimmich and Goretzka took control of the game - Kluivert and Leipzig's 2nd half changes - Bayern and their improved defensive plan B - Leipzig switches…
 
We break down Real Sociedad versus Barcelona, played in La Liga on March 21, 2021. - The benefits of Barca's new...3-5-2 (?) - Barça's fluid buildup phase - La Real's passive 5-4-1 block - Zubimendi vs Dembele - Dest's aggressive role - Busquets to Messi: football heritage - 2nd half: Real can't press nor defend deep - Dembele as a striker - What's…
 
We break down Arsenal versus Tottenham Hotspur, played in the Premier League on March 14, 2021. - Tottenham's style of play and mismatch with their squad - Arsenal's overloads versus Matt Doherty - Lamela's rabona (!!!) - Spurs' defensive awareness - Saka being taken off at half-time - Mourinho's subs at the hour mark - Arsenal in front - Spurs bes…
 
In this week's HOP Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi look back on two more weeks of Copa de la Liga Profesional action which have seen Colón and Estudiantes – who meet on Saturday – continue to impress, with Aldosivi and Central Córdoba (who are playing each other in Mar Del Plata as this episode is uploaded on Friday evening) also intriguing us e…
 
We break down Manchester United against AC Milan, played in the Europa League on March 11th, 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - Milan's composed 4-4-2 pressing - United's struggles in buildup - Why Bruno had less impact - Milan's movements in possession - What makes Amad Diallo special - Milan control but can't shoot - United's issues in closi…
 
We break down Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund, played in the Bundesliga on March 7, 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - Dortmund's 5-2-3 formation - Haaland's and Dortmund's - Bayern take back control after conceding twice - Sané and Süle more impactful than Coman and Davies - Dortmund's pressing and 5-4-1 defensive approach - VAR and th…
 
We break down Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad, played in La Liga on March 1st, 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - Two teams passing at a very high level - Zubimendi and Guevara in Real Sociedad's buildup - Kroos and Isco in Real Madrid's buildup - Why Real Sociedad did not create shots - Zidane's ill-fated switch to a back three - How Real Socied…
 
On this week's Hand Of Pod, Sam, Tony and Santi look back on the first two weeks' action in the Copa de la Liga Profesional and three poor showings from Argentina in the SheBelieves Cup, as well as looking forward to the Copa América, which apparently is going to be played this year and may or may not be the first Copa América since 1991 to feature…
 
We break down AC Milan vs Inter Milan, played in Serie A on February 21st, 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - Lukaku & Lautaro simplify transition tactics - Milan's 4-2-3-1 & Inter's 3-5-2 mirrored each other - Inter moving from high press to deep block - Milan's struggles in possession and attack - 2nd half: Milan and Zlatan start strong - Ba…
 
We break down Real Sociedad against Manchester United, played in the Europa League on February 19, 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - Why United was a poor matchup for la Real - United's 4-4-2 pressing trap plan - Bruno and Rashford in transition - Real Sociedad's attacks not threatening United - Ole's squad rotations - La Real stubbornly stic…
 
We break down Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur, played in the Premier League on February 13 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - Cancelo in a slightly different role - Spurs squad selection: why Moura and Lamela? - Manchester City's excellent counterpressing - Mourinho's tactical choices at half-time - Gundogan - Why this was "Not your …
 
There's sad news this week, as we kick things off with talk of Godoy Cruz striker Santiago García, who died by suicide at the weekend. Afterwards, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony preview the Copa de la Liga 2021, which was changed to a cup competition rather than a league championship shortly after we recorded HOP392. We look at the summer transf…
 
We break down Liverpool - Manchester City, played in the Premier League on February 7th, 2021. Among other topics, we discussed: - Both teams pressing conservatively - Cancelo's impact as an inverted fullback - City's 4-4-2 mid-block - Liverpool's fluid midfield structure - 2nd half: Bernardo and Foden lead the press - Alisson's bloopers - How Pep …
 
We break down Arsenal against Manchester United played in the Premier League on January 30 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - How both teams pressed. - Manchester United's buildup. - Rashford's decision making. - Pépé's important role during counterattacks. - Difference between McTominay - Fred and Pogba - Fred. - Ødegaard. - Arsenal's process…
 
In this week's HOP, Sam, English Dan, Tony and Santi review three finals – the the Copa Diego Maradona, in which Boca Juniors beat Banfield on spot kicks, the women's championship final, in which Boca thrashed River Plate 7-0, and the Copa Sudamericana final, in which Defensa y Justicia claimed their first major trophy (and Hernán Crespo's first as…
 
We break down AC Milan vs Atalanta, played in Serie A on January 23rd, 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - Milan's initial flurry of chances - Atalanta's pressing takes over - The Iličić show - Brahim Diaz's impact on the 2nd half - Discussing Milan's midfield options - Mandzukic and why Milan didn't use more long balls - What are Atalanta's ti…
 
This week, Sam is joined by English Dan, Tony and Andrés to look forward to Sunday evening's Copa Diego Armando Maradona final between Boca Juniors and Banfield (and at how they got there) and to review Boca's and River Plate's eliminations from the Copa Libertadores.By Sam Kelly
 
We break down Roma vs Inter Milan, played in Serie A on January 10th, 2021. Among other topics, we discuss: - A bit of background on Fonseca's Roma - Roma's buildup with Vertout and Villar - Roma in transition situations - Inter's aggression and Lukaku's movement - Inter steps back too much with the subs - The impact of set pieces in this game Feel…
 
Happy new year! In this week's HOP Sam is joined by English Dan and Santi for a quick roundup of the most relevant action in the Copa Diego Maradona over the Christmas and new year period (including a very entertaining 2-2 draw between Boca Juniors and River Plate), and a look back on the first legs of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, which saw R…
 
We break down Real Madrid vs Celta de Vigo, played in La Liga on January 3rd, 2021. Among other topics, we discussed: - The tactics of Coudet's Celta - How Real scored early - Real's fascinating pressing plan stops Celta - Celta's excessive verticality - 2nd half: Aspas injury and 2nd goal kill the game - Atletico vs Real: what does the title race …
 
We break down Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich, played in the Bundesliga on December 19th, 2020. Among other topics, we discussed: - Both teams go direct - Leverkusen's pressing plan dominates at first - Bayern's adjustments in possession turn the tables - Second half: Game state doesn't change - The impact of Musiala and Kimmich as subs - What do…
 
This week's HOP is our last episode of 2020, but Argentine football isn't quite done yet – unusually, matches continue throughout the summer in the Copa Diego Armando Maradona, Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores. Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés look back on the action since we last recorded and set the scene for what's to come. We'll be bac…
 
We break down Liverpool - Tottenham Hotspur, played in the Premier League on December 16th, 2020. Among other topics, we discussed: - The methods Liverpool used to isolate Serge Aurier. - How Spurs adapted to these methods - Tottenham targeting Williams to create chances - Liverpool resilience and expose old set-piece habits Feel free to send an e-…
 
Alejandro Sabella, who managed Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup, died on Tuesday. In this week's Hand Of Pod, Sam, Santi, Tony, English Dan and Andrés begin by looking back on his life in football, before reviewing the action over the last week in the various Copas – Diego Maradona, Libertadores and Sudamericana – that Argentine sides a…
 
We break down Tottenham Hotspur - Arsenal, played in the Premier League on December 6th, 2020. Among other topics, we discussed: - Arsenal's 3-4-3 formation turning into a 4-2-3-1 in possession - Roles of Lacazette and Auba not making sense - Tottenham's patterns when counterattacking - Why there are Dumb Crosses and Smart Crosses - A match that we…
 
We break down Inter Milan vs Sassuolo, played in La Liga on November 28th, 2020. Among other topics, we discuss: - A bit of background on Sassuolo - Inter's pressing plan - Why Sassuolo struggled to break down Inter - Subs don't change anything in the 2nd half - Two teams with just a plan A - Gagliardini's performance - A bit on Maradona Remember t…
 
If you're listening to this podcast in the week it comes out, you know what it's about. On Wednesday 25th November 2020, Diego Maradona died. In this week's HOP Sam, English Dan, Santi, Tony, Andrés and Seba put aside talk about recent matches for an extended talk about the life, career and impact of a player who captured the popular imagination li…
 
We break down Atlético de Madrid vs FC Barcelona, played in La Liga on November 21st, 2020. Among other topics, we discuss: - Atleti's passive 5-3-2 block - The defensive work of Atleti's central midfielders - What on Earth was Barça's game plan? - Barça's struggles to create from open play - The pros and cons of Frenkie de Jong as a center back - …
 
In this week's HOP, Sam, English Dan, Santi, Andrés and (for the first few minutes, before he gets cut off) Tony look back on a World Cup qualifying double header which again saw Argentina look a bit iffy at home but impress away, before reviewing the latest round of Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol action.…
 
At the end of this week, HOP turns ten years old, and we're celebrating with a bumper episode. Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi review the recent action from the Copa Sudamericana and Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol, consider the thorny issue of how clubs should deal with players awaiting trial in a country with a legal system which m…
 
We break down Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich, played in the Bundesliga on November 8th, 2020. Among other topics, we discuss: - Both teams go for long balls! - Haaland and Reyna attacking the channels - Coman's ball control and Lewandowski's determination - How Bellingham and Brandt changed Dortmund - Bayern pick off Dortmund on the counter - W…
 
It's been a long, long lockdown here in Buenos Aires, but last weekend Argentine domestic football finally returned, and in this week's episode Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi look back on the first weekend of the Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol, a mini-tournament for the top flight clubs which will keep us entertained (after a fashi…
 
We break down Manchester United vs Arsenal played in the Premier League on November 1st, 2020. Among other topics, we discuss: - Arsenal's good pressing game - United's midfield diamond struggles - Why both teams struggled to create chances - United gets more lively in the 2nd half - Substitutions provide no big tactical changes We also mentioned i…
 
No recording last week means Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi have two weeks of action to catch up on in this week's HOP. We look back on Argentina's first two matches in the men's World Cup qualifiers and also review the last round of Copa Libertadores group action and the draw for the knockout stage, as well as looking at the Copa Sudamer…
 
We break down El Clásico, FC Barcelona versus Real Madrid, played in La Liga on October 24th, 2020. Among other topics, we discuss: - How Real scored due to Barça's pressing issues - Alba + Fati + Coutinho strike again - Barça tries to pick Real on the counter - Fati's change in position surprises Real in the second half - Real dominate after the p…
 
We break down Everton versus Manchester United, played in the Premier League on October 17th, 2020. Among other topics, we discuss: - The mechanisms leading to Liverpool's goal - Calvert-Lewin and Everton's reaction - Liverpool's mechanisms in possession - The simplicity of Everton's attack - Why the 2nd half did not change much from the first Feel…
 
The Between The Posts podcast is back for another season of football madness! We break down Leeds United versus Manchester City, played in the Premier League on October 3rd, 2020. Among other topics, we discuss: - A bit of background on Bielsa's Leeds - City's initial half hour of domination - Leeds regains control through a more aggressive block -…
 
This week on Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi look back on the first two post-lockdown rounds of Copa Libertadores matches, which went better than expected for Argentine clubs. We also run the rule over Lionel Scaloni's Argentina squad announcement, and give you the latest news on the likelihood of domestic football returning t…
 
This time on Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by English Dan, Tony and Santi to discuss how preparations are going for the return of the Copa Libertadores next week – in particular at Boca Juniors, whose plans have been somewhat hamstrung by almost the entire first team and a bunch of coaches testing positive for COVID-19. Will Argentine clubs be at a di…
 
We talk about the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and PSG, played on August 23rd, 2020. Among other topics, we discuss: - PSG's pressing trap for Davies - Bayern's first half difficulties in entering PSG's box - How the role of Ander Herrera changed throughout the match - An absent Neymar - Finishing decided the game - Bayern: super of…
 
We preview the biggest match in club football with PSG expert Simon Piotr and Bundesliga expert Abel Meszaros. Abel's Bundesliga newsletter can be found here. Simon's football tactics YouTube channel can be found here. Feel free to send an e-mail to info@betweentheposts.net for any questions and comments you may have about the pod. We are also pres…
 
We break down Sevilla versus Inter Milan, the Europa League final played on August 21st, 2020. Among other topics, we discuss: - Inter reduced to direct attacks and counters - Sevilla's fluid buildup phase - The difference between Sevilla's and Inter's buildup phases - Set piece goals turned a scrappy game into a fun one - How both teams lacked a p…
 
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