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The Big Analysis: Sevilla vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid is an institution that is perhaps matched only by their fiercest rivals, Barcelona. Following on from their Champions League triumph last season, they have started this campaign in incredible form…

The Big Analysis: Napoli vs Sampdoria

The narrative of Serie A this season has taken something of a twist. While still sitting comfortably at the top of the table, Juventus have already lost three league games, leading to…

The Big Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

There is something special about a game played under floodlights at White Hart Lane; the atmosphere seems to grow in these evening matches. This was further enhanced on Wednesday by the fact…

The Big Analysis: Las Palmas vs Athletic Bilbao

That Las Palmas coach Quique Setién is something of a chess expert should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched his Las Palmas side play this season. Indeed Setién once…

The Big Analysis: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

As with most fiercely contested local derbies, the North London one between Arsenal and Tottenham is rarely a tactically interesting affair. The contest is usually more about passion and commitment than it…

The Big Analysis: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke

The Ruhr derby is one of Europe’s most visceral spectacles. Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 are two sides for whom the word rivalry is not quite enough. These are two of the…

The Big Analysis: Milan vs Juventus

In the 1980s through to the mid-2000s, AC Milan were undoubtedly one of the marquee names in world football. Since those halcyon days under coaches of the calibre of Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio…

The Big Analysis: Atlético Madrid vs Granada

When Diego Simeone joined Atlético Madrid in 2011 as first team coach there were very few people around the world who suggested that it would lead to such a prolonged period of…

The Big Analysis: Napoli vs Chievo

Last season was one of immense promise but little satisfaction for the residents of Naples. The overwhelming majority of them are die hard supporters of Napoli, and as we have seen so…

The Big Analysis: Borussia Dortmund vs Darmstadt

There are few clubs in European football that added more young talent to their squad over the course of the transfer window than Borussia Dortmund. Emre Mor, Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembélé, Mikel…

The Big Analysis: Juventus vs Sevilla

The first round of Champions League group stage fixtures produced one of the most intriguing tactical match-ups of the season so far as Juventus hosted Europa League holders Sevilla. The match would…

The Big Analysis: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Hype and English football seem to go hand in hand. Every week we are presented with another mid-table fixture that is promoted as a must-see game by subscription television channels. From time…

The Big Analysis: Juventus versus Fiorentina

Analyst Lee Scott (@FMAnalysis) joins These Football Times to break down the biggest tactical battles of the season from around Europe. Providing coverage of key games throughout 2016-17 campaign, join him this week…

Analysing the Roberto Martínez system at Everton

YOU CAN’T ACCUSE EVERTON MANAGER Roberto Martínez of taking the easy route. Throughout his career he has made choices and moves that have taken him out of his comfort zone. These difficult choices…