Champions League Preview: Barça – Atlético Madrid Leg Two at the Calderón

After a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in the first leg of their Champions League (CL) tie, Barça and Atlético Madrid meet at the Calderón to determine who advances to the CL semi-finals.  As a preview for the match I did an interview with Outside of the Boot that we’re cross-posting both here at Barcelona… Continue reading Champions League Preview: Barça – Atlético Madrid Leg Two at the Calderón

Tactical Preview – El Clasico: Onset and Evolution

Prior to a match the focus is often on how it will open.  The managers decision making processes.  The initial player selection.  The formations.  But matches evolve dynamically.  They develop their own narrative, tell their own story. This is particularly true of contests between sides that know each other well.  How the teams initially set… Continue reading Tactical Preview – El Clasico: Onset and Evolution

CL Preview: Barcelona v Milan 2:45pm EST [UPDATED]

So, Milan, we meet again. Last year, we played them in the Gamper, beating them on penalties, in what was a strange sequence of events which cumulated in record signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving with the Milanese club. Just over a year later and we’re squaring up again. It’d be easy to make this whole preview… Continue reading CL Preview: Barcelona v Milan 2:45pm EST [UPDATED]