Sunday, 15 October 2017

MY TAKE ON THE GAME BETWEEN ATH MAD VS BARCELONA

for the last two weeks there were world cup qualification games and messi was involved in all of them . i would try to establish a relationship between argentina's game and barcelona's last night game against ath madrid . this season the game seems to be more revolved towards messi than in his time at barcelona and agrentina . the tactics are made that suit him or the way that he wants to play or move and that all the other players get around him . but in doing this there is something missing and that is that the teams cohesion is getting hampered . there is lack of game plan and going forward they just dont as to what when the ball is in the final third and there is a clear lack of plan when the ball is in the final third and it was obvious in the argentina's game and the ath mad game . just like argentina barcelona clearly seems to be at loss when they take the ball forward and this was evident in the argentina game as well . first off messi wants to do everything and anything with the ball . he wants to be the creator and finisher himself . there is a clear lack of cohesion between him and the other players and with the coach preferring him to be the main man the players are always searching him to pass the ball but that makes it difficult for the team because they have lost the direction on offense . 
ath mad started the game with their usual 4-4-2 formation while barcelona started with the same formation . we all know as to how ath mad play they just defend deep and try to hit on the counter . as  i had said earlier it was evident to find out as how barcelona try to tackle ath madrid . they can be pressed since they drop so deep and have to take the ball from one end to other but i was clearly searching for barcelona's game plan and i didnt found any . barcelona were taking the ball forward and clearly they just seem to be lost . while ath mad may have found a very good gem in form of correria and he was bit off color yesterday where on he gave away ball one too many times but his ability to turn and drift pass players created the first chance or griezman . while griezman and corriea were working in tandem i didnt saw that relationship between messi and suarez . this was even evident in the argentina's game as well where on he didnt have a partnership with benedetto . in the final third they dint know as to what they should do with the ball  where on they should take the ball wide and bring it in or should they cross the ball from the wide areas . at times when barcelona crossed the ball i dindnt think even suarez was expecting the ball to be crossed . they were just doing it because there didnt seem to no other option or that they wanted to try something different rather than just keep on passing the ball .
the game started to change in the second half because barcelona made the changes and they introduced delefou who is an out and out winger who will stay wide and try to stay wide and take on the wide player and send in the crosses from the wide areas and that gets starts the plan and from there barcelona can improvise and on one such play sergio roberto spotted luiz suarez and got the equaliser . barcelona needed to find the plan a and they found it in the last 15 mins of the game . this should had been earlier and i hope that valverde does works on the offense .
another game that was going on was between roma and napoli was also very interesting . napoli play a very fluid game but roma too put napoli on backfoot but the trouble was that they were taking the ball wide and putting crosses which were very well dealt by napoli and roma failed to bring the ball in and secondly they played one dimensional in that game . they just tried to take the ball wide and whip it in the box . they just dint tried anything different and it is something that their new coach needs to look at .

Sunday, 1 October 2017

MY TAKE ON THE GAME BETWEEN CHELSEA VS MAN CITY .

when i watch the game at times i am frustrated and see the lack of technique . let me tell you with players who had played the game long enough and coached then they would understand the importance of pass . most of the time i see players missing to see a pass and passing the ball with outside  of the boot which is sometimes difficult to control . when you pass the ball it should be easy for the player to recive it and he should be able to pass it without having to make two touches or adjust for the angle . second is that at time i had seen players dropping back collecting the ball and passing the ball back . at evey inch of the pitch different angles are created and different possibilities are created . secondly you should be aware on the pitch as to whether you are pressed or not . if you are not then you should use the ball and many a times i had seen that even when not pressed players pass the ball back . instead keep the ball and use it .
yesterday man city played chelsea at stamford bridge . chelsea didnt had luiz so rudiger came into his place . chelsea started the game with 3 -5-2 formation . while man city started with a hybrid formation i would explain that . city started with 4-3-3 but made it would be different when they had the ball . if there was one reason as to why chelsea had success last season then with costa and hazard pedro's off the ball running and his ability to stretch the defense had been a very big factor in chelsea title winning season . in whichever games pedro hadnt played chelsea struggled to create space as well as stretch the defense and were not able to hold the ball upfield longer . his ability to stretch the offense was the main reason that he would distract the defense and create spaces for hazard and costa to work . chelsea didnt start him and obviously struggled .
the game started with chelsea sitting back and trying to absorb pressure and hitting on the counter . chelsea had hazard and moratta upfront . city had 4 at the back with delph in the left back position but he would move inside in the midfield when city had the ball and  this obviously had a plan first off city had sterling and sane upfront in the wide positions . their job was to stretch the defense so that players like silva and de bruyne could exploit the spaces and create chances . city used jesus in the middle and his job was to keep the three central defenders occupied . i think when pep must had thought about the game then at that time he must had taken into  consideration that chelsea were not going to give any space infront of the goal and the central area of the pitch was going to be water tight and so it would be better to exploit the space that is on the left and right of these central defenders ( will show in pic ) . another advantage of moving delph inside was that he would get an extra body in the midfield and would be able to move the ball easily secondly and secondly he could directly pass the ball from back to front to the wide players sane and sterling . city had all the joy with possession they were stretching the defense and sane and sterling were doing an excellent job of harrassing the fullbacks . now city were having all the possession but the trouble was that chelsea were able to keep city at bay . there are reasons for that . first off city had too many players in the middle and chelsea were not ready to concede space over there . secondly city were not able to move the ball inside which they should be . third and the most important one is that city were not able to bring jesus in the game . i would give you the stats for that . gaurdiola for me while watching the game failed to notice this for me ( his one touch and he set up a goal for de bruyne ) . city has to bring jesus in the game they had to mix things . city were just too much one dimensional for me and they should had brought jesus more in the game . they have one of the best players in the game that is david silva who is joy to watch for me . his touch his ability to pass the ball and pass with deft touch is simply exquisite ( he reminds me of me ) . when i watch the game at times i am frustrated and see the lack of technique . let me tell you with players who had played the game long enough and coached then they would understand the importance of pass . most of the time i see players missing to see a pass and passing the ball with outside  of the boot which is sometimes difficult to control . when you pass the ball it should be easy for the player to recive it and he should be able to pass it without having to make two touches or adjust for the angle . second is that at time i had seen players dropping back collecting the ball and passing the ball back . at evey inch of the pitch different angles are created and different possibilities are created . secondly you should be aware on the pitch as to whether you are pressed or not . if you are not then you should use the ball and many a times i had seen that even when not pressed players pass the ball back . instead keep the ball and use it .
yesterday man city played chelsea at stamford bridge . chelsea didnt had luiz so rudiger came into his place . chelsea started the game with 3 -5-2 formation . while man city started with a hybrid formation i would explain that . city started with 4-3-3 but made it would be different when they had the ball . if there was one reason as to why chelsea had success last season then with costa and hazard pedro's off the ball running and his ability to stretch the defense had been a very big factor in chelsea title winning season . in whichever games pedro hadnt played chelsea struggled to create space as well as stretch the defense and were not able to hold the ball upfield longer . his ability to stretch the offense was the main reason that he would distract the defense and create spaces for hazard and costa to work . chelsea didnt start him and obviously struggled .
the game started with chelsea sitting back and trying to absorb pressure and hitting on the counter . chelsea had hazard and moratta upfront . city had 4 at the back with delph in the left back position but he would move inside in the midfield when city had the ball and  this obviously had a plan first off city had sterling and sane upfront in the wide positions . their job was to stretch the defense so that players like silva and de bruyne could exploit the spaces and create chances . city used jesus in the middle and his job was to keep the three central defenders occupied . i think when pep must had thought about the game then at that time he must had taken into  consideration that chelsea were not going to give any space infront of the goal and the central area of the pitch was going to be water tight and so it would be better to exploit the space that is on the left and right of these central defenders ( will show in pic ) . another advantage of moving delph inside was that he would get an extra body in the midfield and would be able to move the ball easily secondly and secondly he could directly pass the ball from back to front to the wide players sane and sterling . city had all the joy with possession they were stretching the defense and sane and sterling were doing an excellent job of harrassing the fullbacks . now city were having all the possession but the trouble was that chelsea were able to keep city at bay . there are reasons for that . first off city had too many players in the middle and chelsea were not ready to concede space over there . secondly city were not able to move the ball inside which they should be . third and the most important one is that city were not able to bring jesus in the game . i would give you the stats for that . gaurdiola for me while watching the game failed to notice this for me ( his one touch and he set up a goal for de bruyne ) . city has to bring jesus in the game they had to mix things . city were just too much one dimensional for me and they should had brought jesus more in the game . they have one of the best players in the game that is david silva who is joy to watch for me . his touch his ability to pass the ball and pass with deft touch is simply exquisite ( he reminds me of me ) . 
chelsea were playing on the counter attack . conte does like to play from the back . he likes the opposition  to come and close them down so that they can play around them and exploit them . as i had mentoined that chelsea missed pedro . chelsea had three in the middle with bakiyoko and kante on either side of fabregas . fabreagas was in the team just so that he could dictate the play . city were well aware of that so the player that they pressed mostly was fabregas who they didnt allowed time on the because they know the quality of ball that he can produce . the trouble with chelsea was that they were not able to keep the ball . chelsea earlier tried to play through costa and they do the same with moratta . moratta has a different game he likes to take on players and is good in one on one situations . the trouble with chelsea was that chelsea didnt had the numbers and city had pinned them back and by the time they would try to arrive they were in the process of getting pressed and lossing possession . moratta left the game early and willian replaced him . even though morattta gives a pivot to work around . for me willian was a welcome change because you cannot press him since he is good in one on one position . with willian chelsea could hold the ball longer and bring the players around but then they got mixed up in the roles . they could done something with the game when batshuyayi was bought but missed the chance . the trouble with chelsea was that they were not able to keep the ball long enough and trouble city plus they could not move the ball properly instead got trapped in one dimension to move the ball forward and really  didnt showed quality with the ball .
chelsea were playing on the counter attack . conte does like to play from the back . he likes the opposition  to come and close them down so that they can play around them and exploit them . as i had mentoined that chelsea missed pedro . chelsea had three in the middle with bakiyoko and kante on either side of fabregas . fabreagas was in the team just so that he could dictate the play . city were well aware of that so the player that they pressed mostly was fabregas who they didnt allowed time on the because they know the quality of ball that he can produce . the trouble with chelsea was that they were not able to keep the ball . chelsea earlier tried to play through costa and they do the same with moratta . moratta has a different game he likes to take on players and is good in one on one situations . the trouble with chelsea was that chelsea didnt had the numbers and city had pinned them back and by the time they would try to arrive they were in the process of getting pressed and lossing possession . moratta left the game early and willian replaced him . even though morattta gives a pivot to work around . for me willian was a welcome change because you cannot press him since he is good in one on one position . with willian chelsea could hold the ball longer and bring the players around but then they got mixed up in the roles . they could done something with the game when batshuyayi was bought but missed the chance . the trouble with chelsea was that they were not able to keep the ball long enough and trouble city plus they could not move the ball properly instead got trapped in one dimension to move the ball forward and really  didnt showed quality with the ball . 

Friday, 29 September 2017

MY TAKE ON THE GAME BETWEEN BVB VS REAL MADRID .

yesterday dortmund played real madrid at home . dortmund had pretty much flying high in the german league and this was the first test for peter bosz team . now coaches are influenced by the teams that they play in and the countries that these clubs are there . peter bosz has worked in holland so dutch influence on his style of game can be seen . even though bvb had been scoring but i wanst impressed by them . i will tell you about it and while i am doing this game i would taking into consideration  some bvb games that i had viewed in the past few weeks .
bvb started the game with their usual 4-3-3 formation . while madrid started the game with the same formation with ronaldo stating as the no.9 position ( the jersey no. he earlier had at madrid ) . madrid are basically a counter attacking team and they like to sit back and hit on the counter . peter bosz  had worked in  holland so dutch influence on the game can be seen on his game . he likes to pass the ball around like the way play in holland where on they wait patiently for the opposition to get out of position and that they can slip the ball who can make a perfect run. i think he obviously like to play the total football . while playing this there are obvious draw backs in his game . first off while the ball in bought in the final third they just didnt had the clue as to what they need to do in the final third . madrid were not pressuring them or pressing them . they were just sitting back waiting for bvb to come upfield and sit deep . most of the bvb attack were from the right but when the ball was passed to karmylenko he really didnt know as to what needs to be done . first off i think bosz hadnt worked out as to how they are going to open up the opposition offense . i had seen this pattern in all of the games that i had watched in which bvb played . there are obviously some shortcomings in bvb's offense and bosz's hadnt been able to eliminate that and untill now the two games where on he faced decent opposition he had come up short . the possession stat may show that bvb had a very decent game but it really matters is the numbers of chances that are created and the shots at goal ( you can be unlucky at times ) . bvb had come up short in the final third . the reason for that is that just like his predecessor he isnt bringing abumeyang into the game . in the final third the focus of the offense should shift towards the forward who is abumeyang and unfornuatley bosz hadnt been able to get that offense working and bringing abumeyang in the game . he just wants abumeyang in the centre to be at the end of things that his team create but then his other players are not able to work out the ball properly and are still not able to work that ball clearly to create space for themselves as well create chances for abumeyang . 
the second problem with bvb is that they are trying to play too much high line with sokratis and toprek at the back who both struggle at pace and they are giving too much space at the back for the opposition to work there . the most important fact if you are to play a high line is that you need to press and your players need to work very had and not give away the ball cheaply . thirdly you organisation has to very good and players need to know their roles as well as the man marking needs to very good . bvb had none of that and with team boasting the likes of modric and kroos in the midfield they are trying to play a high line against the pace of ronaldo and bale . toprak and sokratis are supposed to be the organiser in the team and time and again they were failing in that ( i will explain that in the next para ).
the game started with madrid starting to sit back and hit back on the counter and i think zidane must had watched bvb and knew as to what he knew to do . coaches are know because they can organise a team and make it play with the available resources ( although they keep moaning all the time ) . toprak and sokaratis needs to organise thing because they are the last line of defense and both of them need to have the players around them to help them in their defensive duties . how many times did pisczek loose bale and most importantly who picking up carvajal . carvajal had free space to move up because his opposite number philip wasnt picking him and him and his fullback was having mix up with their defensive duties . defensively bvb were a mess and bosz needs to look at the way about the team they are playing it was same story against spurs and it was the same against madrid . bvb are conceding too much space for the opposition to work with . another thing is that on offense he needs to have both of his flanks active plus bring abumeyang in the game . at the same time i would say that i am bit disappointed with abumeyang because when you have the ball and you are in one on one position at that time you need to do better and sadly abumeyang did not . i dont know but sadly gotze had been offcolor from the time he had been back .
bvb needs to start working better on their offense . even though they had been scoring in the bundesliga but if you had seen the game then the teams that they are played against were just not good enough . most importantly i had to talk about munchen gladback . i had seen not team so much negative and playing so much of a negative football . obviously peter heiking like to play a certain ( 4-4-2 ) formation and like to have two banks of four and like to sit deep . i have  no trouble with that but its your ability when you have the ball and the second thing is how much negative you can be on defense where on you just stand up and let the opposition play around you . i think gladback needs to have some change either it be coach or the players or the mentality . 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

MY TAKE ON THE GAME BETWEEN BARCELONA VS JUVENTUS .

barcelona played juventus on tuesday night . over the course of last decade or so barcelona had shaped the world football . no club had changes the course or say helped football evolve and helped them with new styles and thinking . the barcelona coaches had been looked by the world since they bring something new to the world be it gaurdiola's intense pressing and tiki taka game which would test opponents concentration to the maximum . while luis enrique's side showed the effective use of counter attacking . their is a tendency in the coaches that they try to do something differnet to show that they are different from their predecessor's . their are other factor's that had made valverde's job interesting . first off their messi who has definitely has his say in terms of the position that he wants to play and the other one is iniesta who must had been unhappy in the luis enrique's formation because he wasnt seeing that much off the ball and secondly he didnt had the lisence to bomb forward as he did had under previous manager's . juventus was the first big test that his side had and i am not too certain that even though the scoreline suggested that barcelona had a comfortable game i wouldnt be too sure about that . barcelona definitely had more possession and definitely dominated the game but they are supposed to do that but the thing is that barca had their best lineup and juve definitely missed some key players and that makes all the difference . i had already said in my previous posts that players are the ones that make the formation work .
juventus and barcelona both started the game with 4-4-1-1 formation or make it a 2 as you want . now i am coining a new terms here and that is " riddle" . for me defense is a riddle that the team on offense needs to solve . the defensive formation is a riddle that the offensive needs to solve . team deploy different stratergies to solve that but the defensive team tries to put a question before the offensive team by deploying different formation and putting players behind the and trying to congest some park of the pitch which the opposition is likely to exploit or like to play in that zone or can have some advantage in that . now in the game barcelona are supposed to dominate and have more possession of the ball while juve are supposed to sit back and hit back on the counter .  even though on the paper it is shown that barcelona were playing 4-3-3 but in reality they were 4-4-2 . the difference between the barca of the old is that iniesta is playing on the left side and had the same lisence of movement as he had under gaudiola . the other change had been that messi was coming deep and trying to help the midfield move the ball upfield . this has obvious drawbacks first off with messi moving deep there are not too many players upfield to exploit the weakeness there is sometimes or counter attack very quickly which had been the feature of the luis enrique team . the second drawback is that you allow the opposition to get players behind the ball . juve were going to sit deep with number and hit on the counter . in the juve's formation bencantour was playing on the right had side but he was playing more central than right and wasnt bothered to track alaba but was more concerned about messi's movement through the middle and iniesta who may start on the left but likes to move inside with the play . so in order to narrow down the space between himself and prajnic he stayed very close prajnic and made the middle three . 
as i had said that with messi dropping deep  means that barcelona didnt  had players upfield who can cause trouble to juventus whenever barca recover the ball . while in enrique's time there would MSN high up the field who would launch a counter and that made them successful . messi dropping deep means that even though ball was passed to suarez he had to pass it back and that would give time for the juve players to get behind the ball and hold their shape . juventus were having two rows of four were defending deep . they were not concerned about the space that alaba was getting on the left had side since bencantur wasnt tracking him but barcelona were unable to exploit that advantage . as barca were letting time for juve to get men behind the ball . the responsibility to unlock juve's riddle was place on iniesta's and messi's  shoulder who tried to dance through the defense only to be stopped in the middle of the move . for me suarez wasnt that involved in the offense as he was supposed to be .
i will first talk about juve and then their shortcoming . juve were sitting back and hitting on the counter . the difference between the barca of the old and the new is that this barca seems to conserving energy and gone is that high pressing . instead they play deep and keep on dropping just as the ball comes up and dont try hasty moves . juve had joy when douglas coasta had the ball since barca just couldnt determine as to whether he was going to cut inside or stay wide and throw crosses . first off at time juve just tried to be too hasty with the ball in trying to hit barca on the counter . they should had realised that barca were not pressing and that they could just be patient and move the ball better and build a better attack . for me matuidi never did very well in the middle of the park and prajnic missed khadeira who complement him very well . prajnic was the only guy who impressed me in the juventus team his distribution was excellent and most importantly he could read the moves very well and made some very good interceptions and stopped barca's offense in the tracks . he really missed khadeira who complements him very well .
now as i had that player make the formation and tactics just looke the way messi rounded prajnic and brazagli . had there been bonucci and chilleni they would had read the play and done what would had been necessary but barzagli failed to read the move and messi scored . this is the difference between good player and ordinary player . they read the play and not only position themselves but they give appropriate instructions to their teammates as well .
there had been some new player at both the clubs and there had been talk about the  players that had been signed . first off demebele who was signed by barca . he didnt had much to show but his trouble is that he tries to overdo things and the coach will have to teach him as to when he should take on and when he should pass but i dont think that he can as be influential as neymar . second is matuidi who was signed by juve . the trouble with matuidi is that he has a great engine but not the discipline and the brain that is required to play in the middle two . his lack of discipline must had been one of the factors as to why PSG must had let him leave .
the man that had been quitely influential had been busquestus who is just joy to watch . he just keeps the game rolling and his only weakness had been that on the defensive side he tries to just be hasty and gets rolled on or gets outmuscled and if he can just cover that he will be absolutely a beast since his technical ability and his eye for pass is very good .

Saturday, 26 August 2017

MY TAKE ON THE GAME BETWEEN MAN CITY VS EVERTON .

man city played everton on sunday and after watching the match i can safely say that gaurdiola must be one of the best managers in the world ever to grace the game . before i write any further about the game i would love to say this that man city or gaurdiola should try to sign a big forward because that will make his team one of the most feared team . of all the three teams that gaurdiola had coached i think this is team that will give him most satisfaction in terms of coaching because he has got no superstarts here around whom he can build the play . now great coaches are those who can build a team . they put discipline in the team. they get the tactics right and know how to use players very well in what position. if i was to say that gaurdiola impressed me then i was not pleased with the way that everton performed or having their formation during the game . they came second best in everything and most importantly certain players look out of place or not good enough to play the game . the way everton played was negative and given two or three players others didnt do enough . i know koeman is a soft spoken man but he is a strict disciplinarian and you can  certainly ask david albelda of valencia about that . last but not the least rooney had retired from international football and i think that he produced one of the better performances of his utd carrer after that title winning run with robin van persie . 
man city started with a 3-5-2 formation with mane playing as a wing back with walker. while everton too went with the same formation with new boy Calvert-Lewin playing in front of rooney who was with newin were the only better performers in the game . i dont blame any manager for playing negative ( sitting back and soaking up the offense and hitting on the counter ) but then the real test is when you have the ball . you should show as to how you use it and how much better are you with it . the second thing that i like is that the coaches need to anticipate things . they need to read as to from where the opposition's offense is going to come from and what measures do they take (prophylaxis) . for me in this game koeman failed to detect the warning signs from the opposition which were there when the team sheet was issued .
SPACE BETWEEN SCHNEIDERLIN AND GUEYE WHICH MAN CITY EXPLOITED .
first off i will write about everton even though man city is the home team . everton were going to sit back and hit on the counter . while sitting back even though man city had 5 at the back or in the middle as required they had lost of gaps in between them  for man city to work that space . secondly in each one on one's  man city players came better .the everton players just couldnt read the plays and just couldnt adjust themselves to it . now even though everton had 5 in the middle of the park the or say three in the middle in front of the back 5 but they were not in tandem with each other or say that not in a line . gueye and schneiderlin were in front of the back 5 but davies was leaving his position and was joining rooney and that created a hole in front of the back and middle ( i will show that in the diagram ) .the thing was that schneiderlin didnt had the positional common sense to go and close that space and make it difficult for man city.
when you play aguero and jesus upfront you have a very little space to work because the thing is that you dont have the aerial advantage but on the floor you are king and most importantly if the opposition does wants to score and close down the box then you have a very little chance to score . guaudiola side played to the plan the thing is say this is that even though he had walked and mane as fullbacks and he wanted to stretch the defense to create gaps for silva and de bruyne to work their magic . he knew that he cannot cross the ball in the because  he has three central defenders there ( the floor pass is the option )so he had a narrow space of the box to work the ball . all of his offense was from left because he believed that mane could make the difference and most importantly that silva can link very well with him . his game plan was made simple by ordinary everton side who came second best in every one on one challenge and for me just didnt contest enough in the one on one situation . silva and de bruyne were just exploiting the spaces that everton were leaving . the three centre backs needed to be too quite narrower compared to their positions that were in the game .
last but not the least everton need to change some players in the team . they cannot have schneiderlin and jagielka who are too slow for the modern game. i am criticizing schneiderlin because here is the central midfielder who doesnt wants the ball and just cannot read the game and is of no use to the team . 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

MY TAKE ON THE GAME BETWEEN SPURS VS CHELSEA

yesterday chelsea played spurs at  wembly the new home of the spurs . chelsea were without several key players while some new one came into the team . on the other hand spurs had the same linup from last year . chelsea devised a formation to accomodate new signing bakayoko . christensen started for chelsea which meant that luiz was promoted to play in the middle three with kante and bakiyoko. both the team started to have three at the back while chelsea played 4-3-3 but dier's position was such that he used to drop on the right side of Alderweireld to give width to the defense and add one more body at the back . he was transitioning between midfield and defense as required . chelsea and spurs had both 3 in the middle of the park and each were trying to cancel out each other . kante was against dembele while dier was against bakiyoko . luiz and wanyama were trying to cover these two . both the teams didnt want to give anybody in the middle of the park and tried to make it compact . 
the started with chelsea sitting back and hitting spurs on the counter . chelsea had the first chance of the game with azipilicueta crossing a very good ball for moratta who fluffed the chance . both the teams wanted to have their fullbacks high up the pitch to give width to the offense . while chelsea's fullbacks like to cut inside and make a run into to the box. spurs fullbacks like to remain wide . to match chelsea's formation dier would shuttle between midfield and defense . spurs started to find foothold into the game after 10 min when they realised the chelsea back three or atleast the two rudiger and christensen dont like to come out of the defense to close down kane . so kane started to find space between the lines and spurs started to have ball in the final third . the trouble with spurs is that the front three are not in tandem with each other . both teams played a very deep line and didnt want to have space to run behind the back  three . spurs started to get ball in the final third but the trouble with spurs are on several counts . first off spurs are not able to bring ball from wide areas and had to content with crossing the ball . chelsea had very narrow three at the back so as to not have any space for kane to get at the end of the cross . secondly the front three dont seems to have in cohesion in them . now let me tell you but it is said that the strikers hunts in packs and here the front three didnt seem to be in tandem with each other and that had been the problem for them even last season in big games .
chelsea didnt had their influential pair in form of costa and hazard so they had to start with new signing moratta and willian playing up front the two will take time to gel and play off each other if chelsea or conte is going to play them together in the near future . chelsea were sitting were trying to hit on the counter attack but they didnt get enough service to moratta . the trouble with playing with willian is that at times he will try to over do things . you never know when he is going to cross and when he is going to run with the ball .spurs threat of the front three especially of kane who was getting the better of rudigen and christensen made chelsea to play with a back five and were pinned back by spurs for the majority of the game . they took their chances when they had one .
the game was decided by one silly mistake . chelsea's first goal was beauty by alonso but then the responsibility has to taken by lloris . he should had sorted out his position and should had known alonso's favourite side . but the main culprit in that game was wanyama first off he is playing in front of the back three and the fullbacks are high off the pitch and he cannot be wasting time over the ball and should just try to get it rolling . there is first rule in football that it is criminal to dribble inside your own half because if you losse possession you are letting the opposition a sight of goal . how many time in the game did wanyama lost the possession and put his side in trouble . i really dont know as to why did he though that he could just dribble out of his way out and could problems because to opposition because chelsea had atleast a wall in front of him and it stupidity to dribble like that when your fullbacks are high up the pitch and the centre backs are not in their natural position . for me wanyama and lloris lost the game for spurs which they should had drawn because of barshuiyi's own goal . chelsea had bought rudiger but his lack of pace and the easy that kane could turn on him must had made conte worried .

Saturday, 19 August 2017

MY TAKE ON THE GAME BETWEEN NAPOLI VS NICE .

napoli played nice in the ucl qualification at home and it can  be said that this was one of the best performance of napoli . last year i wanted to analyse napoli but wasnt able to do . the italian league wasnt at its best in the last two years with one team dominating the scene . napoli's coach Maurizio Sarri must one of the sort after figure in the world figure with his team playing very good attractive ,disciplined and proper football . this performance might just evoke memories of ariggo sacchi's milan who i suppose were playing  the same brand of football . the reason why i didnt said barcelona even though some may just try to  link it up with that . barcelona have the best players in the world and if you take out messi out of the equation then i think barca would just struggle .fine now the thing is that for the last year or so i had said that the coach role on the sidelines is very important and he is the one who is the sole authority in terms of taking final decision as well as having a hawk eye view of the game and have make the necessary adjustment during the game . another thing is that there are special players in the team but the thing is that for that special player to perform the other player in the team too have too contribute and perform very well or else the opposition can just stop the special one and stop the entire team . the reason good players can perform is because the other players in the team all chip in and perform as well . barcelona did well when messi had his burden removed by neymar and suarez and they too created a threat which created space for messi and vice versa it helped messi too my point is that whole of the team needs to perform not only on defense byt also on offense to really open up opposition defense at will or else you get stalled like nice . 
well napoli started the game with 4-3-3 system with mertens playing as the striker while insigne and callejon were alongside him . while nice started with 3-5-2 system . napoli from the first go started to dominate the game . they played crisp one touch football and played a high line and harrased nice on the ball to concede possession . the warning signs were early from the start with mertens trying to drop in the hole with either of the nice centre backs not tracking him . he was able link very well with players around him and cause problems to nice back line . 
nice had three at the back and one of them is dante who was playing in the middle of the three . he is supposed to calling all the shots when defense is concerned but he was the one who had a loss of concentration and very poor game reading which cost his team . nice back three had to track just mertens but failed to do so . both the teams had three in the middle so one of the napoli's front three would drop in the middle to have time and space on the ball also relive the pressure on the midfield . secondly if he was to tracked by the opposition centre back or wing back that creates space for mertens to have a diagonal run . for napoli the objective was simple insigne drops in the midfield and try to release mertens and callejon behind the back three . the other thing that helped napoli was that in the first half nice were trying to play a high line that created a space for metens and callejon where on they could be at the end of insigne's pass . other than that napoli just played a perfect game they passed crisp and played lovely one touch football .
while napoli were playing very good attractive football . nice were playing the opposite . nice had problems with moving the ball . they spending time on the ball and the problem was that for distribution they were heavily dependent on one player and that was their no. 6 seri . nice had 3 in the middle and what was the use of the other two . just to be alongside of seri and make numbers . nice had a good player in saint maxim who can drive the ball and draw players towards him but the others need to perform . the big question is why do we have players in the midfield . seri must be trusted coach's player but he needs support from players around him and most importantly i had said all along that the cohesion in the team and players working for each other is very much important . napoli had these qualities while nice just lacked them . the reason why nice lacked was because of over dependence on certain players while literally neglecting others in favour of others . there was lack of cohesion between the front players and between the all the three lines . i had said that earlier also that time spent on the ball allows the opposition to regroup as well as close you down which in turn stalls your offense . nice just allowed napoli to close them down and certain players in the team spent too much time on the ball than required . i hope when the coach see's the tape of these game then he should definitely at how he was not able to bring Pierre Lees-Melou and Vincent Koziello into the game  . Koziello's red card was because of seri stupidity .
just as napoli were good nice were hopeless and i hope that in the reverse fixture their coach makes the necessary changes and give us a good game since the tie is not over yet .