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liverpool edge deserved victory against dysfunctional psg • outside of the boot

siyang xu writes a detailed tactical analysis about the uefa champions league match that ended liverpool 3-2 psg.liverpool faced psg in arguably the biggest match up of the opening round of champions league fixtures. last year’s beaten finalists did an impressive job of controlling the match, with particular focus on protecting against counter attacks from the dangerous trio of mbappe, cavani and neymar, whilst still managing to create overloads in wide areas to create threatening attacking situations. the parisians, on the other hand, struggled to get going and put on a disjointed display, struggling to find connections within their attacking play and provide the platform for their attacking superstars to flourish.line upspsg’s issues i...




matthias de ligt & ousmane dembele feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.[max. age limit: 22 years old on match-day for outfield players, 23 years old for goalkeepers]la liga saw one of the shock results this weekend, as athletic bilbao outplayed real and were held to a 1-1 draw at san mames. unai simon was, by general agreement one of the best players on the pitch. the athletic fans were very pleased with his performance, voting him as their man of the match for his 5 saves. ahead of him is the right back, aaron wan bissaka. crystal pal...




joe gomez & kylian mbappe feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature. [max. age limit: 22 years old on match-day for outfield players, 23 years old for goalkeepers]mike maignan continued a solid start to the season for himself and for lille with a clean sheet away from home at monaco. the stade louis ii isn’t an easy arena to get results at, but lille came close. the obvious highlight of the game for him was his penalty save from falcao, allowing maignan to save the points for his side. on the other side, almamy toure also had ...




the 5 hipster sides to follow this season • outside of the boot

gear up with your organic ginger ale and mystical moustache oil, as richard pike briefs us about 5 off beat and hipsterish teams to watch in the 2018-19 uefa champions leaguewhilst it is easy to look at the champions league and pinpoint its elite level teams such as real madrid, barcelona, bayern munich, juventus etc, there are also some off the beaten track stories that are always worth keeping an eye on. sometimes, unheralded sides go under the radar and surprise with their performances in the competition. in other cases, just qualification for the champions league and the opportunity to face the elite sides of european football is a romantic story worth following. despite these teams having very little if no chance at all of getting to th...




matthias de ligt & ousmane dembele feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.[max. age limit: 22 years old on match-day for outfield players, 23 years old for goalkeepers]la liga saw one of the shock results this weekend, as athletic bilbao outplayed real and were held to a 1-1 draw at san mames. unai simon was, by general agreement one of the best players on the pitch. the athletic fans were very pleased with his performance, voting him as their man of the match for his 5 saves. ahead of him is the right back, aaron wan bissaka. crystal pa...




scout report: alphonso davies | speedy canadian winger

griffin o’neill writes a detailed scout report about alphonso davies, the vancouver whitecaps winger. while many still believe that the mls is the home of aging players far past their prime and looking for a comfor...




2018-19 u-22 young players’ team of the week #3: maxi gomez & marco asensio feature

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is e...




carlo ancelotti at napoli: tactical approach & key players

charles onwuakpa writes about carlo ancelotti and the approach he is likely to take on at napoli. after three intense seasons in the southern part of italy, the love story between maurizio sarri & napoli came to an ...




scout report: gonçalo paciência | eintracht’s exquisite forward

jose miguel saraiva writes a detailed scout report about eintracht frankfurt’s striker, gonçalo paciência. for those who have been attentively observing the portuguese national team in the last years, it should be particularly obvious the la...




tactical approach & key players • outside of the boot

miles olusina writes about maurizio sarri and the approach he is likely to take at chelsea.despite a successful 2016/17 campaign which saw chelsea win the premier league as runaway leaders, a disappointing performance the following season saw antonio conte lose his job; with many fans disgruntled at the style of play exhibited by his side. in response to this, the highly sought after italian maurizio sarri was brought in from napoli for the 2018/19 season. with his side playing some of the most attractive football in europe over the last two seasons and challenging juventus for the serie a title, he seemed the most logical option considering the desire for chelsea fans to see attractive football at stamford bridge.who is maurizio sarri?one o...




maxi gomez & marco asensio feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature. [max. age limit: 22 years old on match-day for outfield players, 23 years old for goalkeepers]returning to a talent radar xi for the first time this season is ajax’s andre onana. in a match where the scoreline was a really inaccurate reflection of the play, onana’s 7 saves made the difference for ajax as they cruised to a comfortable 0-4 win at vitesse. in front of him, nordi mukiele wins a place at right full back for this team. the latest beneficiary of rb le...




joe gomez & kylian mbappe feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature. [max. age limit: 22 years old on match-day for outfield players, 23 years old for goalkeepers]mike maignan continued a solid start to the season for himself and for lille with a clean sheet away from home at monaco. the stade louis ii isn’t an easy arena to get results at, but lille came close. the obvious highlight of the game for him was his penalty save from falcao, allowing maignan to save the points for his side. on the other side, almamy toure also had ...




joe gomez & bertrand traore feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature. [max. age limit: 22 years old on match-day for outfield players, 23 years old for goalkeepers]we see a change in possession of our much prized gloves this week, with florian muller of mainz taking charge. the 20 year old made 3 solid saves as mainz kept a clean sheet to hold on and take 3 points. he’s protected by a back 4 this week as well. lining up as the wing backs are davide calabria of ac milan and angelino of psv eindhoven. the latter performed well in...




joe gomez & kylian mbappe feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature. [max. age limit: 22 years old on match-day for outfield players, 23 years old for goalkeepers]mike maignan continued a solid start to the season for himself and for lille with a clean sheet away from home at monaco. the stade louis ii isn’t an easy arena to get results at, but lille came close. the obvious highlight of the game for him was his penalty save from falcao, allowing maignan to save the points for his side. on the other side, almamy toure also had ...




scout report: alphonso davies | speedy canadian winger • outside of the boot

griffin o’neill writes a detailed scout report about alphonso davies, the vancouver whitecaps winger.while many still believe that the mls is the home of aging players far past their prime and looking for a comfortable place to end their careers, this is no longer true.  a new generation of young stars is beginning to take hold of the mls of the future.  one of the most exciting of these youngsters is the canadian winger alphonso davies.who is alphonso davies?born in a refugee camp in buduburam, ghana due to a civil war going in in his parents’ home country of liberia, davies and his family moved to canada when he was five years old.  when he was a teenager, davies was often forced to take care of his infant siblings due to his parent...




tactical approach & key players • outside of the boot

aamer aslam writes about what we can expect from european champions real madrid after the arrival of julen lopeteguion june 12, 2018, just two days before the grandest event in world football, real madrid announced that julen lopetegui would be taking over as their manager for the next three seasons. lopetegui, who was preparing to lead the impeccable spain into the world cup had no qualms about the decision. however, the rfef (the governing body of football in spain) saw things differently and lopetegui was sacked, with hierro instated in his place. the spanish football team had been rocked. a man, generally unknown to in the realms of club football had taken over at arguably the greatest club in the world leaving one of the favourites to w...




scout report: gonçalo paciência | eintracht’s exquisite forward

the post scout report: gonçalo paciência | eintracht’s exquisite forward appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials jose miguel saraiva writes a detailed scout report about eintracht frankfurt’s striker, gonçalo paciência. for those who have been attentively observing ...




scout report: gonçalo paciência | eintracht’s exquisite forward • outside of the boot

jose miguel saraiva writes a detailed scout report about eintracht frankfurt’s striker, gonçalo paciência.for those who have been attentively observing the portuguese national team in the last years, it should be particularly obvious the lack of capable strikers which has affected the team. in fact, portugal has been suffering from such drought since players like pauleta and nuno gomes retired. with the recent “mutation” of cristiano ronaldo into an almost true striker and the discovery of the talented andré silva, that problem appeared to have been solved or, at least, minimised. however, with the best player in the world coming to the end of his career and given that andré silva has not been at such a great level last season at ...




tactical approach & key players • outside of the boot

charles onwuakpa writes about carlo ancelotti and the approach he is likely to take on at napoli.after three intense seasons in the southern part of italy, the love story between maurizio sarri & napoli came to an end: despite the fact that they didn’t win any trophies (they eventually lost last season’s serie a title race to juventus despite racking up 91 points at the end of the campaign) under his tenure, sarri built one of europe’s most exciting teams to watch, using a 4-3-3 formation with a possession-based and attacking style of football.despite losing the tuscany-born coach this summer, the partenopei found a rather decent substitute in the figure of carlo ancelotti.who is carlo ancelotti?ancelotti is a manager who needs no p...




scout report: diogo gonçalves | benfica’s tricky winger

the post scout report: diogo gonçalves | benfica’s tricky winger appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials jose miguel saraiva writes a detailed scout report about benfica’s tricky winger, diogo goncalves having been deprived of their biggest talent nicolas...