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How Inzaghi nearly led Inter to the unexpected, using xGOLD to replace Benzema, how West Ham won a trophy and more…

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Naturally, we kick off the week analysing Saturday’s historic Champions League Final which saw Inter frustrate City for long periods before Pep Guardiola’s team finally found a way to secure the treble. Fintan O’Reilly looks at Inzaghi’s tactics and how the plan very nearly came together

West Ham also lifted a European trophy last week, beating Fiorentina in the Conference League Final. Selim Ben Hmida has a match analysis explaining West Ham’s compact defensive structure and attacking plan on the night

Karim Benzema has left the Real Madrid building and there is speculation aplenty around how they will replace him. Using TFA’s xGOLD tool (where we mine for expected gold using football data), Scott Martin has some interesting suggestions

Sevilla finished their season strong under Mendilibar – winning the Europa League and not being dragged into the final-day La Liga relegation craziness. Fintan O’Reilly takes a look at where they’ve transformed themselves and what else needs to change going into next season

Fewer and fewer teams are winning games by dominating possession, says Adam Scully – and he has a prime example in Cincinnati of MLS under Pat Noonan. Let him explain how they are proving that you don’t always need the ball in modern football

In Canada, Pacific FC are off to a flying start under James Merriman – Beth Limb breaks down his dynamic tactics to explain their early season form

Orkun Kokcu is set to complete a move from Feyenoord to Benfica – read our scout report to see why the Portuguese champions are doing some astute business by buying the Turkey international

Edson Alvarez is being targeted as West Ham’s replacement for Declan Rice, according to reports in the English media – read our analysis to see why David Moyes is keen on the Mexican star

Florian Kohfeldt has been appointed as the new head coach at Belgian side KAS Eupen – we have an old analysis we wrote on Kohfeldt’s tactical philosophy as a guideline for what to expect from his side

Naby Keita completed his move to Werder Bremen after his recent exit from Liverpool – we have an analysis of Keita’s role under Jurgen Klopp to see what we can expect from him in Germany

Daniel Farke is reportedly in talks with Celtic to replace Ange Postecoglou ahead of next season – read our analysis of Farke’s tactics to see what can be expected from the Scottish champions should the German take the reins

Ricardo Pepi is closing in on a move to PSV Eindhoven after an excellent individual campaign on loan at Groningen – we have a scout report of the highly-rated USMNT attacker

The Montpellier president confirmed that some top European clubs are interested in signing Sepe Elye Wahi this summer – we previously looked at why Wahi is a star in the making

That’s it for today – we are back at the same time tomorrow.

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