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TFA Today: Relationism vs positional play, why Balogun might be THE signing of the summer, what’s gone wrong at Nantes + more…

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In this week’s podcast, Caio Miguel Pontes joins Adam Scully to discuss relationism vs position play, or Diniz vs De Zerbi. It’s a fascinating tactical chat and well worth an hour of your time

Folarin Balogun has had a very good Ligue 1 season to date, out on loan from Arsenal. With him likely to want first-team football next season and his value high, a move is likely on the cards. Luis Kircher scouts him in detail and then uses our xGOLD club matching tool to see where he could end up next season

On the one hand, Nantes fans will be delighted to see their team embarking on a second straight Coupe de France final. On the other hand, at the time of writing, Nantes are in the midst of a terrible run of form in the league, enduring their eighth straight game without a win last Sunday when Auxerre beat them 2-1 to jump over them on the Ligue 1 table. Our French football expert Fintan O’Reilly looks at where it’s all going wrong for Les Canaris

There have been rumours going around football recently that Matthias Jaissle could be set to leave RB Salzburg at the end of the season, regardless of whether or not they retain the Austrian Bundesliga title. If that is the case, the question then becomes who will replace the 35-year-old German in Wals-Siezenheim? The answer to this could come from within, with it likely Salzburg would consider 31-year-old Austrian Fabio Ingolitsch, who is currently the head coach of Salzburg’s feeder club FC Liefering in the Austrian second division – Brandon Liss explains why

AC Milan used an adaptable build-up structure and rapid transitions to bypass a wounded Napoli in their Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday night – Ahmed el-Daly explains their tactics in his excellent weekly column

ICYMI: The April TFA Scouted Magazine is out! 21 non-obvious, under-the-radar talents identified using data and video scouted by our consultancy team – including using xGOLD to suggest clubs that should be looking to sign them based on our in-house metrics. Download it now!

Sevilla mauled Manchester United in the UEL last night with an intense high press that the Red Devils couldn’t cope with – read our analysis of Jose Luis Mendilibar’s intense pressing tactics

AS Roma overturned a deficit to win 4-2 on aggregate in the UEL to reach the semis – here is our analysis of Jose Mourinho’s tactics this season with the Giallorossi

AZ Alkmaar came back from 2-0 down in the tie against Anderlecht to win on penalties – read our tactical analysis of Pascal Jansen’s tactics with the Dutch side

River Plate comfortably beat Sporting Cristal 4-2 in the Copa Libertadores yesterday – we recently analysed Martin Demichelis’ relationist tactics with the Argentine giants

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