Retro Analysis: UEFA Champions League Final Bayern 1: Chelsea 1 (3 – 4 a.e.t.) 

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Chelsea is the surprise winner over Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern Munich in the 2012 UEFA Champions League. Chelsea’s manager, Roberto Di Matteo was put in charge of Chelsea after Andres Villa-Boas was relieved of his duties by Roman Abramovich due to a poor run of matches and unrest in the dressing room.

Di Matteo sent Chelsea out with a game-plan to contain Bayern and, for the most part, the policy worked as Jupp Heynckes’ side sought to pick holes in a resolute defense.

Chelsea and Bayern Lineups   

Chelsea lined up in a 1-4-2-3-1 Petr Cech in goal; Ashley Cole at left-back, David Luiz and Gary Cahill, Jose Bosingwa; pivots Frank Lampard and Jon Obi-Mikel; Ryan Bertrand, Juan Mata in the 10 roles, Salomon Kalou; and Didier Drogba as the lone striker.

Jupp Heynekes’ Bavarian side lined up in his signature –1-4-2-3-1 sweeper keeper Manual Neuer, Phillip Lahm (captain), Jerome Boateng, Anatoliy Tymoschuk,  Diego Contento, pivots Bastien Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos, attacking trio of Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, and Franck Ribery; Mario Gomez the lone striker.

Chelsea Out of Possession

The London club took a conservative approach to the match, meaning they understood that Bayern is dangerous on the counter, so they applied minimal pressure on the ball.  This approach saw Bayern with lots of possession throughout the match. Schweinsteiger and Kroos combined for 223 touches compared to Lampard and Obi-Mikel (183). Further Bayern’s 44 shots (7 on target) compared to Chelsea’s 10 (3 on target), respectively show the Bayern’s attack was relentless. This went according to Chelsea’s conservative approach was effective because they were able to maintain their compact shape and stay relatively close to Robben, Ribery, and Schweinsteiger.

Bayern’s Attack from wide spaces 

Ribery and Robben were given license to attack the left and right wide spaces. Midway through the first half, Robben wriggled into space inside the box, but the former Chelsea winger was denied by a smart reaction stop from Cech, who diverted the ball onto the post. Fullbacks Lahm and Contento provided defensive cover while Kroos and Schweinsteiger protected the central and half spaces.  Schweinsteiger, in particular, was a critical component of Bayern’s distribution and halting opponents counter-attacks.

Chelsea’s struggles 

As Chelsea’s lone striker Drogba was expected to do more than just score goals, creating chances for his teammates. In addition to those duties, he pressured Boateng and Lahm. Nothing really went right for Chelsea in an attacking sense, though – they struggled to generate counters, Drogba found himself overloaded when he pressed Philipp Lahm to try and use his aerial advantage, the delivery from the right was poor.

Chelsea also failed to win a corner until the final moments, so set-pieces wasn’t a productive source of chances, while long balls from Petr Cech generally found Tymoshchuk nipping in front of Drogba and Jerome Boateng covering behind him.

The game didn’t really progress in tactical terms – the only substitution before Bayern’s goal was Malouda replacing Ryan Bertrand

Goals: Muller and Drogba 

Muller increasingly became pivotal for Bayern because he was popping up at the far post, against Cole. Muller had five attempts from a similar position, and also got John Obi Mikel booked for a rash tackle towards Chelsea’s left-back zone. Muller was the key player in tactical terms and would have been a fitting man of the match.

After Bayern went 1-0 up. Di Matteo took a gamble by substituting – Torres on for Kalou, and Chelsea was desperate and in danger of conceding a second  goal but Drogba came through with a fantastic header

Heynckes had responded to Chelsea’s change by introducing an extra defender – Daniel van Buyten came on to provide a more aerial presence at the back, with Muller departing. Like Chelsea’s change, it was simply another man to help in the required zone for five minutes.

Conclusion

Even though Bayern lost the match they were tactically superior.  The game and tactical intelligence of Schweinsteiger and Kroos meant they could continue to control the match and create chances. While the Raumdeuter, (Muller) movement created all sorts of problems for Chelsea for which they had no answer.

Champions League: 1 KV Brugge | 1 AS Monaco

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The hosts from the capital and largest city in the Flemish region of Belgium used three center backs 1-5-3-2, and the visitors in their usual -1-4-4-2/1-4-3-2-1.

Thierry Henry made a few changes  Loic Baldiashile played between the sticks behind the back four of Djibril Sidibe, Andre Roggia, Kamil Glik, and Jemerson. Youri Tielemans and Youssef Ait Bennasser started in the double pivot. Wide players Nacer Chadli, and Aleksandr Golovin were responsible for providing width and crosses in the box. Moussa Scylla and Stefan Jovetic were the starting strikers; Sofiane Diop was brought on (8′) for Jovetic who sustained a thigh injury.

Defensive Shape

A meeting between two counter-attacking sides is rarely pretty, especially when neither side considers themselves favorites, and in a two-legged contest with a great deal riding on the match. Thierry Henry went with the best approach against a Brugge side that loves sitting back, winning the ball in midfield and counter-attacking rapidly was to defend extremely deep, preventing the home side from attacking in their preferred manner. Both teams started with well-known alignments. That was fine, however, Monaco could have been more proactive with their approach of winning the ball.

Build up and attack the right flank

Monaco tends to attack down the right-hand-side. The inclusion of Golovin on the right with Sidibe we saw overlapping and underlapping runs from the pair. We noticed Golovin tends to remain on the right flank and play a traditional wide role, whilst Chadli drifts in from the left into the box. Therefore, Monaco looked to build attacks down the right. This even had an effect on the passing patterns of their center-backs. Playing on the right side of the center-back pairing, Roggi’s passes were directed to Sidibe.

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Andrea Roggi

We’d expect a mirror image from the left center-back Kamil Glik to some extent his passes were to left fullback, Jemerson while some were directed centrally to double pivots.

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Kamil Glik

Is this cause or effect? Regardless it means that there’s preference to build on the right flank when Monaco was building attacks.

The Tielemans show

What is very apparent is Youri Tielmans has his manager’s trust and confidence.  Thierry’s time with Belgium he got an up-close look at Tielman; a dynamic and versatile central midfielder who can defend and dictate play.  Tielman’s is capable of playing in the 10, 8 or 6 positions, but in central and deep roles we see his skills; vision, technique, and composure.

Counter-attack lead to Sylla goal  

This has, very often, something to do with the principles of the game and players’ characteristics. Monaco have on the right side? Djibril Sidibe a complete fullback; very often they attack both simultaneously because there support in the central areas for these players. This is why I believe that many times it is related to the specific behavior of the teams, which can be trained.

I believe it is related to the game model, and with the principles that are
trained. Of course, the game model is also related to the available players and
their characteristics. I believe that is a result of the good use of the player’s
characteristics and of the way the team plays according to those
characteristics

Conclusion

This analysis focused more on Monaco’s improved performance in the Champions League group stage tie. I assessed the quality of the players, the overall quality of the team, game notion to guide the game model. So far what I am seeing from Monaco has potential but they need time.  Be on the lookout for my third and final piece of the assessment.

Thierry Henry’s First Match

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2018-10-28_0-25-29Earlier this monthThierry Henry was appointed AS Monaco chief after Leonardo Jardim was sacked. Henry is somewhat of a prodigal son; he returns to the club where it all started. Heading into the match, I figured Thierry would be in his assessment phase, and probably not wedded to a starting eleven or shape. Keeping that in mind, I was very curious to see how he’d approach (i.e., game model) this pivotal moment in his life.  I felt we wouldn’t see a drastic change this early in his tenure. Still, for this match his used 1-4-3-2-1/1-4-4-2 which is not too surprising. I anticipate him switching up his second season, provided he is retained. I guess time will tell, but in the meantime, I am conducting an exploratory assessment of Thierry Henry’s first three matches in charge; RC Strasbourg. Again, this is exploratory so I will use some mostly qualitative in the form of match clips, field notes, and observations. This piece is will cover the RC Strasbourg match which had the makings of exciting Ligue 1 match.

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Can you imagine kick-starting your career in the relegation zone and on the road? If you’re like me, your answer was probably an emphatic no, but Thierry took it all in stride despite not winning; notable performances from Nacer Chadli, Youri Tielemans, fullbacks Sidibe and Henrichs. The host lined up in a -1-5-4-1 because of the natural overload that occurs with three centre-backs. Strasbourgs wingbacks, Carole and Lala, served two functions width and freedom to attack. RC Strasbourg’s wingbacks’ extended position was used to stretched Monaco central midfielders. Early in the first half, Strasbourg’s attacked the left flank; Carole (LWB) and Thomasson (LW) and Costa which overloaded Monaco right fullback, Jibril Sidibe. Consequently, this weakened Monaco’s presence in central and left half and left wide spaces. Monaco put pressure Strasbourg’s wing-oriented attack with their customary 1-4-4-2 which resulted in Golovin and Aholou adopting positions close to Thomasson and Carole.  Jovetic and Falcao kept high places in their shape. However, they did not press the center back due to numerical superiority of three center-backs.

Problems halting counter attacks

Monaco’s ball orientation gave them a decent amount of defensive success in their press in wide areas, it played a significant part in their ultimate downfall. With both central midfielders and six occupied by Strasbourg’s central and wide midfielders, Henry’s side was manipulated by their opponent. Aholou and Chadli got dragged into wide positions, through movements of Goncalves and Thomasson.

Consequently, the effect was a lack of presence in central areas from the away side which exposed the away side to counter attacks. Monaco’s high press in the opponent’s half was avoided due to the home side playing itself out of danger and launched a counter.  Monaco had numerical superiority, yet Goncalves was able to send a cross into the box and Thomasson’s header into the back of the net.

Against the counter, Monaco struggled  They were unable to prevent ball movement from the first line and were somewhat caught on the back foot. As a result of their poor counter pressing, Monaco struggled to organize on the break.

Following the first goal, the visitors shifted their attack centrally through Belgian playmaker Youri Tieleman. He was joined by Nacer Chadli and Aholou. Chadli as a number 8 was interesting; at first, it seemed odd was probably was something the gaffer considered when he was an assistant with Belgium. At times Chadli looked perplexed in central midfield, but his strong physique added strength in a disorganized midfield.

Ten men and hit on the counter again

Things did not get easier for the visitors; center forward Jovetic was substituted for Samuel Gransir who after 1 minute was sent off with a straight red, for a high boot. Now Monaco was down to ten men Strasbourg looked to exploit their advantage. As time progressed, Tielemans showed his brilliance in central and half space; his magnificent through balls were squandered due to poor positioning and lack of team cohesion. This should be expected for a team poached of its star players that helped win the Ligue 1 two seasons ago.

Strasbourg closed up shop and sat deep in a 1-6-3-1. The home side knew this would be problematic for Monaco. Strasbourg was structured and organized to launch counter-attacks, Monaco was not able to protect the central and half spaces which opened in these moments. As a result, on the occasions in which Monaco managed to secure possession, however, a poor pass led to them losing possession in their half;  Lebo Mothiba received a scintillating through ball to chip it over Monaco’s keeper, Sy, to make it 2:0:

Conclusion

Monaco’s performance showed Thierry Henry and Monaco have a long season ahead of them. I think he is using this period to assess the team and what the team is capable of achieving at the moment. Monaco was depleted this summer hopefully Thierry will be given time to rebuild. A few areas in need of attention:

  1. Communication-there was virtually no communication (verbal or nonverbal) between player.
  2. Poor ball retentionfar too many balls were lost to careless passes made.
  3. Susceptible to counter attacks-this is an area that needs immediate attention if they hope to turn things around.  Investment in a destroyer would help shut down counters.

All even at The City Ground: Nottingham Forest FC-2 Millwall FC-2

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Starting XI

Welcome to my latest post analysis, this week we take a look at Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Millwall FC. I was expecting a real treat and both sides didn’t let me down.

Aitor Karanka Forest failed to secure a win in front of the home crowd against midtable side Millwall FC. Making just 7 shots in the 90 minutes, they were evidently the better team against Neil Harris’ Millwall who has bounced back from a 2 goal deficit earn a solitary point on the road. On the other hand, Aitor Karanka worked under José Mourinho, which shows quite clearly in how he set up his team.

Formations

Forest. Aitor Karanka set up in his standard 4-2-3-1. Pontilimon was the goalkeeper protected by a back four of Jack Robinson, Danny Fox, Michael Hefele and Saidy Janko from left to right. The double 6 partnership of Jack Colback and Adlène Guedioura were flanked by Ben Osborn on the left, while Joe Lolley featured on the right.  Forest utilized a central organization in the attack, with João Carvalho playing just deeper of Lewis Grabban.

Millwall. Neil Harris’ men lined up in a formation, 4-4-2, which has seen little change this season. Ben Amos started as goalkeeper behind their standard back four of James Meredith (LB) and Mahlon Romeo (RB) on either side of the center back partnership with Jake Cooper and Murray Wallace. The two central midfielders were Ryan Leonard and Shaun Williams, supported strikers, Lee Gregory, and Tom Elliot. Shane Ferguson saw the majority of the ball on the left wing, while Jiří Skalák on the opposite.

Fight for control in the central area

In Forest’s possession, there was a developing partnership between Colback and Guedioura which was pressed against easily. The center lacked support by wide players, with both very wide in anticipation of playing through the touchlines, and when Lolley came inside as the first half progressed, he contributed very little and was caught out on a few occasions.

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Early on,  João Carvalho occasionally offered support he held positions in the 10 space somewhat like an Enganche.  When Lolley cut inside because this benefitted Forest’s possession game, he utilized his pressing resistance and combinations with Carvahlo and Osborn to counteract Millwall’s high-pressure system. Furthermore, Carvahlo and Osborn’s support, Millwall’s midfield partnership (Leonard and Williams) sat deeper in their ball-orientations on Forest because there was a threat of the 10 space being exploited behind.

Lolly Goal

Lolley Goal

Aitor Karanka seemingly noticed this, and you could immediately see Lolley rotate with Carvahlo, who more frequently dropped to support Colback and Guedioura, while Osborn drifted inside too. Besides, the positioning of the two central midfielders improved midway through the first half–this allowed Lolley to drift inside to make a magnificent strike to land on the score sheet. These small changes Forest’s made led to more control as the game progressed.

In the second half if the opposition switched to ball-orientation, therefore they pressed more aggressively in an attempt to restrict access to Lolley, Carvahlo, and Grabban who had a quiet first half. Increasingly in the second half, Robinson put more crosses in the box to connect with Grabban.

Even though Forest had more possession (58%), Millwall began to assert control of the game. However, it came at cost from Ryan Leonard’s foul on Carvahlo which resulted in a free-kick. awarded in dangerous territory which led to a goal.

Millwall’s Wing Focus

The visitors from London had good support from wide areas in the form of both wingers whilst Leonard and Williams supported as well. Defensively, they were stronger–Shaun Williams, in particular, had a great game 10 interceptions and a goal in the 70th minute.

In possession, Millwall has a significant focus on their left flank and this match was no different with just under half of the attacks channeled down this third. Ferguson and Meredith have a great partnership,  they threaten excellently in these situations. Their attack down the left side is down to the movement of the two wide players, but in particular with Ferguson.  Consistently, he used speed to get behind Forest’s Swiss right full-back, Janko, to send a whipping cross to Gregory and Elliott. Surprisingly Karanka didn’t play it cautious and instruct Janko to sit deep. Forest’s manager is not known for his tactical flexibility.

Millwall turned the table on the host.

The first sign momentum was shifting in favor of the visitors was Forest low-intensity and complacent press. Further, Pontilimon’s poor throw to left-back, Robinson, Millwall’s Robinson intercepted it, then crossed it to Shaun Williams who headed it home to make it 2-1.

Late in the match,  Forest was disorganized and confused in and out of possession. Karanka saw his side were in trouble so he made last a last-ditch effort to shut the door by bringing on Michael Dawson for Joao Carvalho. However, it proved a little too late because Harris brought on attackers, Steve Morison, and Tom Bradshaw.  Forest’s compounded disorganization and poor concentration led to Lee Gregory’s equalizer.

Conclusion

Harris’  Millwall fully deserved their point after a strong comeback over promotion contenders, Notting Forest.  Karanka’s men started strong but later in the match, they had no answers for the visitors.  Karanka needs to get his back four sorted as soon as possible because they’ve conceded 13 goals. From a neutral’s standpoint, it was a great game to watch. Currently, Forest is 5th in the Championship table if Karanka’s men sort the defensive issues they could contend for promotion to the top flight.

The Game Model Assessment Part 1: Tottenham’s Attack [in possession].

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In July Mauricio Pochettino started his fifth season in charge of  Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Honestly, I was skeptical of the chairman’s, Daniel Levy, decided to hire a relatively unknown manager who abandoned Southampton FC for the Lily Whites of North London.  Anyway, that’s why Daniel Levy is the chairman, and I’m one of many die supporters hoping to see the club lift another trophy in my lifetime. Ten years is much too long, especially when we were so close two years ago gives me hope that it is possible and can be achieved.

The purpose of this post is to make good on a tweet to conduct an evaluation of  Spurs’ using the game model approach to assess them at each of the four moments of the game. I realize my support for Spurs can bias this evaluation, however, to minimize bias I am entrusting a few people to review and edit drafts before I release on social media.

Further, I want this piece to be comprehensive and user-friendly as possible, so it is accessible to my followers. To achieve that I will use as little jargon as possible and provide thorough explanation and resources explaining key football terms (see jadamsftbl). So without further ado let’s move to Part 1: Attack in Possession

Key term: Game Model?

What is a football game model? A game model is the team’s specific model for how to play. It consists of various concepts which basically are the group of movements, positions, and skills that the player in possession of the ball and the players that don’t have the ball develop with certain variables such as the ball, opponent, teammates and the overall model of play determined by the coach. Further, the game model consists of moments (1) Attack in Possession; (2) Transition to Defense; (3) Defense out of Possession; (4) Transition to Attack.  Within each principle are sub-principles, and sub-sub-principles of play that representing different moments of the game (Oliveira, 2003).  Hopefully, that made sense and if you need more, I am happy to provide you with an additional resource.

Spurs’ Attack in Possession

A takeaway from the previous section is the game model are a coach’s ideas and concepts and guiding principles to operationalize his playing style, right. And it is safe to say to achieve our primary objective; score goals, we need to (1) be in possession and (2) have access to our teammates to progress up the pitch. The first point is critical, we can’t score goals if we don’t have possession. Sounds simple but not easy or straightforward. Football is a complex sport with a ton of moving parts, and it takes time, energy, and players spend many hours on the training ground learning behaviors and patterns. These behaviors and habits will express a collective dynamic behavior, revealing a specific playing identity, which could be called a functional organization (Delgado-Bordonau and Mendez-Villanuev, 2012). The buildup phase is used at the highest levels of global football.

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For example, Marcelo Bielsa used it at Athletic Club Bilbao and Olympique Marseille; Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, Bayern, and Manchester City; Roberto De Zerbi at Calcio Foggia and Sassuolo. The approach and purpose behind Lavolpiana are simple: create numerical advantages when building an attack from out the back by having a backline of 3 players advance the ball utilizing the midfield and arriving in the final third with purposeful possession.

For example, Spurs achieve this when Dier drops in between Alderweireld and Vertonghen who split to the edge of the 18yd box.  This movement creates an overload against the opponent’s first line. An important component of  Lavolpiana is Spurs’ keeper (Lloris), he needs to support and create a diamond shape during the build-up phase.

 

Wingers and fullbacks. Son and Lucas shift centrally (half-spaces) to overload the middle of the pitch or they move up to the final third to pin the opponent’s fullbacks, keeping them deep in their defensive shape.  Kane works on stretching the opponent’s defensive form by starting high in between the opponent’s center-backs. These movements provide the opportunity for wide areas to be free and/or create penetrating passes to the center-mids due how separated opponent’s defensive shape has become.

wingers

Trippier and Rose provide width higher up the pitch (close to the midfield line). Eriksen/Dele/Lamela looks to support the position left by Dier or find space between the opponent’s midfield unit to help break defensive lines. The attacking player uses quick combinations and rotations to disrupt the opposition’s defensive structure.  Erik sen dynamic movement in the right wide and half spaces or when he drops deep to support the build-up is problematic for players assigned to mark him.

The buildup phase is used at the highest levels of global football. For example, Marcelo Bielsa used it at Athletic Club Bilbao and Olympique Marseille; Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, Bayern, and Manchester City; Roberto De Zerbi at Calcio Foggia and Sassuolo.  Pochettino added a slight twist to his interpretation of  Lavolpiana. Like others, he used short passes and patient possession. The keeper and central defenders circulate the ball to coax the opposition’s first line to press, therefore, opening space in midfield. Previously pivots weren’t heavily relied upon in the build-up. However, Dembele/Winks/Dier and Wanyama are responsible for progressing the ball further than in the past. In addition to that, Spurs’ pivots work between the lines create numerical superiority and arrive in the final third and create chances for Kane. Whenever Dembele or Winks cant break through centrally they’ll lay off a pass to one of the fullbacks (see below).

Conclusion 

It is important to note that Pochettino spent his first couple of seasons building his team and style of play around his game model. In this section, we discussed the Spurs attack [in possesion], and patient build-up from out the back and their incredibly fast wingers and fullbacks look to pin the opponents back four. We discussed the importance of pivots and their contributions in the final third. On a whole Spurs are an incredibly good side, but they could use one or two marquee signing s to help bring them to that next level.  The next post will look at Spurs transition to defense and my observation of their strengths and weakness.

Level Terms at The Stade de Süisse Wandorf

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 Swiss club BSC Young Boys (YB’s)  and the most successful club in Croatia, GNK Dinamo Zagreb  faced off in the first of two legs in the Champions League Qualifier. The most important phase of the game quickly became the battle between Dinamo’s  defensive block and YB’s pressing and counterattack. 

First Half 

BSC YOUNG BOYS

In the opening minutes of the match BSC Young Boys (YBs) lined up in a traditional 4-4-2.  Young Boys manager, Gerry Seoane took a conservative approach which translated to a defend in a compact deep block; and press in wide areas then quickly transition from defense to counter-attack. It was apparent from the opening minutes Seoane trained his players to think attack while defending and vice versa. This approach worked well and led to a goal in the 2nd minute by right full-back Kevin Mbabu (see below).

GNK DINAMO ZAGREB

Nenad Bjelica Dinamo Zagreb took a conservative approach as well.  Mario Gavranovic as the lone number 9 in a 4-1-4-1/4-3-3. Bjelica’s approach was to concede possession lock down the central areas: Dani Olmo (ESP),  Amer Gojak (B & H), and Arijan Ademi (CRO & MAC), and have Gavranovic to occupy YB’s centre-halfs:  von Bergen and Wüthrich.  However, this approach failed because von Bergen and Wü thrich had more time and space, frequent switches with a threat of a counter-attack. 

This pushed Dinamo’s defense further and further back toward their own box. YB’s then assumed full control of the match as Dinamo were forced to defend their box as the Swiss Champions constantly threatened into attacks into their penalty box while making sure to maintain balanced enough positions to control counterattacks.

The Battle for Control of Central Areas

For much of the first half YB’s physically imposing nines, Guillaume Hoarau and Nicolas Ngamaleu, caused problems Zagreb’s back four. Hoarau in particular was a consistent threat inside the six yard box; the target man used his height and strength to impose his will on Dinamo’s centre-halfs.  On two occasions he nearly successful in doubling the lead. However, Dinamo keeper, Zagorać, sharp reflexes would deny YB’s 34- year old French striker. YB’s second line was anchored by a pair of 8s, Sanogo and Sow, whose raw power and techniques broke up any attempt to penetrate central areas. In my opinion, Seoane’s strategy to tighten the central areas with two defensive minded pivots was spot on.  Time after time in the first half YBs would defend, press, win the ball then quickly transition to a counter-attack.  

Despite the home side’s dominant performance early in the tie the guest subtly began to take control of the match.Spanish midfielder Dani Olmo started as an eight but later advanced into the number 10 role to support Gravanovic–especially, during the press and pinning back  von Bergen and Wüthrich. This slight adjustment tactics helped Bjelica’s men achieve their primary objective to control the central areas and use accurate through ball to dispossess Fassnacht and initiate the counter-attack which lead to a sublime equalizer from Mislav Oršić (see below).

Second Half

Bjelica switched to a 4-4-2  for a couple of reason; to put pressure on  YBs’ backline and to tighten space in central areas and limit Sanogo and Sow time and space with the ball. Further, Dinamo had success blocking the home side’s passing lanes limiting access to their strikers. However, Dinamo had ongoing problem adjusting to the physicality and pace of the Swiss club. If Dinamo hope to qualify for the Champions league group stage they will need to take more risks out of possession specifically, press more aggressively than they are in the competition. These suggestions are base Dinamo’s tendency to concede possession and play defensive football outside their domestic league. 

Conclusion

Next week the return leg will be held at the Stadion Maksimir if the match will be anything like it was this past Wednesday it will be a clash of titans.  Cheers

Introduction to 6th Disciple Analytics

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This piece is an introduction and announcement of the launch of my blog “6th Disciple Analytics” the place football enthusiast of all levels can access digestible football match analysis. This blog will be a resource to folks that love football but for one reason or another don’t enter spaces where they can ask questions without being ridiculed or ignored. So this is where I come in, and hopefully a few other enthusiastic lovers of the beautiful game, to provide player, manager, club, and match analyses. The idea is to provide platform for football diversity–domestic leagues across the globe. Though I love UEFA as a confederation it is not the lone wolf on this planet so the aim is to write about leagues in Europe and as far as New Zealand. Don’t get me wrong I plan on writing about the North London Derby, El Classico, and the Eternal Derby too, this will be a place for up and coming writers and analyst to showcase their skills and meet people where they are. Please if you have ideas about what you would like to see from the site shoot me a DM. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.