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Leonardo Bonucci: The Soldier

Being confronted by an armed robber is the type of occurrence that generally offers only negative outcomes. Rationally, with the alternative being hurt or even killed, the immediate reaction would be to hand over whatever is asked for, without question. It’s the sort of traumatising experience that would seem impossible to prepare for, unimaginably difficult to deal with. The notion of confronting the robber wouldn’t cross the minds of most, yet this is exactly what Leonardo Bonucci did. (more…)

Lazio 1-0 Leverkusen: Pressing Disrupts Lazio Without Stifling Them

Ahead of Lazio and Leverkusen’s Champions League play-off round second leg clash at the BayArena on Wednesday evening, we take a look at what happened in their first leg, which Lazio won 1-0 thanks to a Keita Balde strike. (more…)

A Tactical History Of Juventus In The Champions League Final

Ahead of Juventus’s enticing Champions League final clash with Barcelona this Saturday, Tactical Calcio takes a look back at the Bianconeri’s past final experiences from a tactical perspective. Here, in the second of a two-part series, we assess their performances in previous Champions League finals. (more…)

The Pogba Dilemma

Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus dropped points at home for the first time since early January as they drew 1-1 with relegation-threatened Cagliari last Saturday. However, although it was unexpected, circumstances rendered the result an irrelevance. The Bianconeri have far more prestigious matters than Serie A to attend to with the scudetto already sewn up, namely a trip to Madrid, where they travel with the intention of overthrowing European football’s incumbent rulers. (more…)

Lionel Messi And The Futility Of Tactics

There was an air of fatalism preceding Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final first leg clash between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at Camp Nou. The feeling first descended upon Pep Guardiola’s throwing of lavish praise at the feet of his former pupil; Lionel Messi, during his Tuesday press conference. Speaking of Messi, Guardiola said: “Defending with nine in your area or 11 pressing high…there is no way to stop him. He is too good…there is not a system or a coach to stop talent of this magnitude.” (more…)