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NAC 1 – 2 Roda: A 4-4-2 diamond and a deserved second half turnaround

October 25, 2010

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High-flying Roda JC beat NAC Breda away last weekend to go top of the Eredivisie, albeit only for a day. Their 4-4-2 diamond proved too much for NAC, whose wingers failed to track back their markers, allowing Roda full control of the game in the second half.   Unique Both teams have a certain aspect […]

PSV 1 – 1 Sampdoria: A misfitting 4-2-3-1 does not beat a defensive diamond

September 17, 2010

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For the first time  in 18 years, PSV has to settle for Europa League (former UEFA Cup) football for two consecutive seasons. And despite 12 Champions League participations in these 18 years, they’ve only passed the group stage three times, with a Hiddink-managed side reaching the semi-finals of 2004/05 as their best result. Today PSV […]

Twente’s dominant midfield triangle undone by cleverly organised Roda… Missing Kenneth Perez?

August 7, 2010

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Yesterday evening saw the much awaited kick-off of the Dutch Eredivisie. And it was the defending champion’s honour to feature in the first match, away against last year’s number nine, Roda JC. A potentially tough fixture as Roda performed particularly well in the second half of last year’s competition and, in contrast to Twente, succeeded […]