In a week that saw Neymar battered and bruised at the hands of Manchester City, Christian Pulisic dazzle against Real Madrid, and Edinson Cavani terrorize Roma to bits, the UCL and UEL semi-finals threw up a ton of action and intriguing sub-plots. Here is what we learned this week in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
In the history of the World Cup, not a single CONCACAF nation has ever reached the final, let alone won the competition. We are just under five years away from a CONCACAF-led World Cup in 2026, with all of these nations developing long term plans to do their best damage when the time ultimately comes for the competition. So with the present state of the CONCACAF scene, Rhys and Sam create their CONCACAF best eleven's and debate over some of the best players currently playing the game right now from North America. Be sure to tell us who would make your best eleven, and vote for who has the better team at themastermindsite.com.
Thomas Tuchel's second match in charge went more to plan than his first, and after a fantastic team performance against Burnley we take an in-depth look at the tactics he used to blow the Clarets away. Here is our Tactical Analysis of Chelsea's 2-0 win over Burnley.
Today, relatively out of the blue, Frank Lampard was sacked by Roman Abramovich at Chelsea. Yesterday, without knowing this information, we analyzed why Thomas Tuchel would be the perfect man to take over if Chelsea were to sack their former club legend. This article will take a greater look at why the Blues should seriously consider the German as their next manager. Here is Part Three of our Thomas Tuchel Tactical Analysis series.
Frank Lampard enjoyed a successful first season with Chelsea F.C., despite no new summer signings coming through the door. The Blues hovered around 4th for the majority of the season in behind Leicester City, and eventually secured 4th behind Manchester United. Lampard relied heavily on young talent in 2019-20 and the club were rewarded with fantastic performances from the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James. However, although all of those players have potential, they might not be at the level of Premier League champions just yet. Lampard and those above his authority recognized that and responded with several new signings of the highest quality. In fact, very few other clubs have (on paper) done better summer transfer window business...ever. Despite the promise all their new signings have, it remains to be seen how they will all come together and whether or not it's worth it to bench some of the young players that secured their Champions League finish last year, for a heap of new players that have never played together before. So with that, here is a Tactical Analysis of Frank Lampard's Chelsea heading into the 2020-21 season.
How good has the UEFA Champions League been this year?! The Round of 16's first week of second leg fixtures did not disappoint in any regard and was one of the most exciting weeks of action the tournament has ever seen. March 7th-8th saw unsurprising results like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich thumping their opponents in … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Team of the Week Round of 16 (March 7-8)
It's been a long time awaiting the return of Marco Reus to the Borussia Dortmund team ever since his terrible injury occurred just weeks before the start of Euro 2016. But the German midfielder finally returned to the side on Tuesday and was back with a bang, scoring a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Polish … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warszawa: Marco Reus Back With A Bang
It's crazy how many young players have risen to the top of the game in such a short amount of time in only the past few years. There have been so many young players rising up to the starting elevens of their teams in 2016 without any degree of difficulty at all that this may … Continue reading Top 15 Under-21 Footballers With The Biggest Potential 2016-17
Thomas Tuchel is normally very strict over his players' diets but he was so happy and impressed with the the way his team played on Thursday night against Legia Warsaw that he gave them all ice cream in training yesterday! That ice cream certainly has seemed to have given BVB a boost as they were … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund 6-0 Darmstadt Review
On Saturday, Christian Pulisic became the youngest player to score for USA when he scored in the 4-0 friendly win against Bolivia. The seventeen year old was barely even a professional footballer a year ago but has recently made a rise to the top of the German Bundesliga that has seen him score goals for … Continue reading Christian Pulisic: USA’s Next Star