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SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Barcelona 7 3 2 24
2 Sevilla 7 2 3 23
3 Atletico 6 5 1 23
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Goalkeeper in midfield, only two defenders: Thiago Motta's 2-7-2 formation is the future of football

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Four at the back? That's kids' stuff.

Having retired at the end of last season, Thiago Motta is currently employed as coach of the Paris Saint-Germain under-19 side, where he is charged with nurturing the club's stars of tomorrow.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport this week, the former Italy international was quizzed about his transition into management, and on the kind of tactical philosophy he has adopted as a coach.

Perhaps unsurprisingly as a former defensive midfielder, he admits he favours a "compact team" with a good...

Barcelona vulnerability makes time right for Diego Simeone to end home hoodoo vs. Catalans

Gab Marcotti and the FC crew break down Dutch duo Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, a pair of Ajax stars catching the eyes of Europe's elite.

If a television documentary crew was given unfettered access to Diego Simeone's house, it would be no shock to find he had a little wax effigy of Lionel Messi with big needles sticking out of it. Of course nothing drives this elemental competitor to distraction more than those two Champions League final defeats to Real Madrid in Lisbon and Milan, but if anything comes close, it's the hex that Messi and Barcelona hold over him in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

Notwithstanding twice knocking them...