Monday, 4 December 2017

MY TAKE ON THE GAME BETWEEN NAPOLI VS JUVENTUS .

juventus played napoli on friday night . the game was significant because it was important for napoli to show that they are the best team in italy and play the best football over there . now before i write about the game as i had written time and again that the coaches try to find out the weak points in the opposition and try to explore it or try to create imbalance and start the offense from there . the coaches game is to think and coach and the players job is to carry it out on the field . the other thing is that as i had written earlier about game reading and that had been in reference to defense but just as game reading is important on defense it similarly important on the offense as well . you have to take into account the defensive formation and players qualities . even the coach had coached them and taught them as to what they need to do but its the players who is playing and has to improvise and read the play . he has to read as to where he can create space which zone he can exploit who to use in the play and take the necessary decision . its just like a chess game out there where on each one is sizing up one another and try to out do each other . if the players are of equal strength then the match will be a draw because both will cancel out each other and that is why the coaches job is to find that extra factor which can be beneficial to his team . napoli are a very good team and play good football but the trouble with napoli is that their game can be read from a distance and unfortunately sarri had not been able to add anything new to the game . napoli's game is forward going game but unfortunately what they lack is flair in that team and they dont have anybody who can attract the defenders and create space for others . 
juventus started the with 4-4-1-1 formation while napoli started the game with their usual 4-3-3 formation . i think allegri was prepared for napoli and they had prepared very well for napoli . the most important  factor when you play a pressing game is that you have to be reletless and press very hard . even though napoli were pressing and their team formation and they were working very well in tandem . while pressing the seem to be somewhat hesitant because first off juventus players possessed a physical and technical advantage over napoli's players ( whether anybody admit that or not ) .   napoli's players were waiting for juventus players to take first action and that allowed juventus players time on the ball were able to play themselves out of the press . napoli's players were circumspect and they wanted juventus players to first move because of the first goal because juventus players could play out of the press and because of the pressing many were caught on the wrong side of the ball and there was a lot of space at the back for costa to explore which led to higuain's goal ( just like last year where on juventus scored the goal and sat back to absorb the napoli's pressure for win.
allegri had prepared juvnetus very well for the napoli's test . he wanted juventus to sit back and hit back on the counter . the most important facet of the game was that he wanted higuain to come off the back four and stay inside so as to disrupt that back two . his plan was that higuain would come inside and costa and dybala to run beyond higuain . juventus had better players who could get out better in one on one situation . napoli were just one dimensional in the first half . both the team were not going to concede space in the middle so there was going to be space on the wings for both the team . as i had said napoli were one dimensional in the first half and most importantly mertens who i consider the best player in that team was just not involved in the offense in the first half . in the first half napoli were just not able to bring the ball inside from the wide areas . mertens wasnt not involved in the offense at all . secondly none napoli players could show their magic and show some skill on the ball to create chances for their team . mertens was left frustrated in the first half because of the lack of touches to the ball as well as his involvement . most of all i was very frustrated with callejon's movement and his positional understanding of the play . hysaz for me has one of the best passer of the ball in tight situations but he was let down by callejon . mario rui who was playing as left back was choosing to cross the ball which is ok considering that atleast they were getting the ball in the box but mertens beating chilleni and benatia is me beating anand in a chess game . 
in the second half sarri made the changes . he must asked his players to play around mertens and mertens to come off the back four and let insigne and others get beyond him but the trouble is that juventus were prepared for all this . secondly the length of pass from where napoli were trying to open up juventus was a bit far ( i would show that in the diagram . the passes were atleast 30-40 yard passes and which should had been further forward  ) . this was allowing buffon and others that necessary time to come off the line or make that necessary interceptions in the play . most of all i think that the mistake that sarri made was that he subbed allan for zalenski . zalenski is a very good player but allan too has a very good underrated game and i think he was realling shining in that game and would had been one of the difference maker  in that game . i thought that callejon would be subbed and he would bring somebody upfront or even just like same allerdyce tried put koulibally upfront and play mertens off him and that would had been hell of a play .

Sunday, 12 November 2017

MY TAKE SWEDEN VS ITALY WCQ.

now when you talk of tactics then the one country that stoods out is italy . they are the pioneer of tactical football . i had been writing in my every post that the coach is to make the changes to the games instantly and constantly if possible and explain his player about that during the training sessions ( that is what they are for ) . but after watching that match against sweden i think i had never watch italy to be so tactically so naive or say that they were just one dimensional or just utterly hopeless . i read the headlines that ventura and others needs to be kicked out of the italian football well if i want to make a statement then i can definitely say that even if they world cup which i find somewhat difficult . if italy were hopeless then i would say that sweden were very well coached . in football just as its important as how you defend but at the same time you need to show the quality when you have the ball . sweden just used the ball very well . the important thing was that they knew next . the only disappoint for me was not having forsberg on the ball and if possible then the coach should just build the offense around him .

italy started the game with their usual 3-5-2 formation while sweden started the game with 4-6-0 formation ( i am saying this because they were trying to get every player behind the ball .the reason why i called italy to be very hopeless was because they were just so one dimensional . the ball would either end up at the feet of candreva and darmian who would just cross the ball in the box . i had never seen such hopeless team at what they were doing with the ball . italy had two of the best midfielders in the world with one very good forward in the form of belotti . but all these players and their quality were in vain . sweden definitely had the physical advantage over italy atleast upfront and at the back . italy's game plan was to take the ball and cross . sweden were going to play deep because they were conerned about immoble's running behind the back four . they were going to play narrow knowing that italy even they dont have flair have quality in the ranks . i really dont understand as to why they were hurrying with the ball . they had the plan a with the cross in the box but now ventura needs to improvise once sweden were set themselves on defense for the cross and this is where he failed . he just continued with the plan A for the entire match . he should had tried to bring the ball inside . there was no hard pressing from the swdish and ventura should had tried that . secondly one of the key features of antonio conte's side was the cohesion between his two front players here i didnt saw any . once in the match belotti and immoble combining and sweden were scrambling . i think belotti must had been one of the most frustrated players in the italian team . they dont play around him . they just want him to head the ball if it can reach him .
i say sweden are a very well coached team because they know what to do when they have the ball . they had the phyical advantage upfront with berg and taivonen . sweden knew what  they had they do when they had the ball . they had to take ball upfield as early as possible and they tried to play through their front players . the good thing was that if the front players were not winning the first ball then they were contesting for the second ball . this is good coaching because if you cannot win the first ball then you can definitely contest for the second one till it gets on the floor . sweden were able to find space between the lines because even though italy were 3-2 against sweden at the back italian defenders made some very basic mistakes to hand over the advantage to sweden . even though italy had 3-2 advantage over sweden even in the midfield but svenson and ekdal were able to move the ball easily and were very good on the ball . sweden what sweden had to and if this theme continues then i think they deserve to be in the WC finals than italy .

Friday, 27 October 2017

MY TAKE ON WEEKEND GAMES .

now there are two to three good happened at the weekend so instead of writing them separately i would try to summarize them in one post . i would cover these games and will take into consideration the games that had happened last week ( the game between man utd vs liverpool ) .
the first big game was between napoli vs inter . napoli had done very well in serie A and are at the top . while inter too had been playing some very decent football . spaletti had organised them well . while napoli's sarri had been getting all the praise because of the playing style . there is no doubt that napoli are playing well .they pass the ball well but the football is a constantly evolving game and i think that napoli are just stuck in that one gear from which they need to get out . let me tell you even last year napoli were playing this good and against juventus but came undone . why did i say that they are playing in same gear is because their offense can be readed . they pass of very good and that is their style but their offense can be read . first off for me mertens had been one of the revelations for me but for me he is not used that much . he is used the same way as gaurdiola uses jesus in man city to keep the back two occupied . so that it creats the space for insigne who tries to take on the fullback . second is that insigne comes deep inside and he tries to release callejon or mertens behind the back four .
about the game first spaletti had the chance that his team is ready to play a top notch opposition and he preapred for that . he tried to match napoli by pressing them high up the field but as soon as the ball was brought upfield he would retreat the team in a two banks of four and make them compact . inter played deep because they knew that little space behind the back four can be exploited by napoli . why do i say that napoli are stuck in one gear is because first off they just play in one gear or forward positive football but while doing that they are not making enough passes in the final third to pull the opposition out of shape or bambozzle them with their movement and passing . even in the game against juventus last season they dominated the possession but they couldnt find a way to put the ball in the back of the net . they need to change gears and need to vary their offense and open up opposition .
spaletti had organised inter very well . they just sat back and hit on the counter trying to exploit napoli and the spaces that are left being . now when you play on the counter attack you need your centre forward to hold the ball and release ball to runners that are going beyond him . his role is very important . in this match either icardi didnt do very well . first off he wasnt used much in the attack because whenever the ball was passed to him he passed well . inter failed to use icardi as well as valero and these two need to combine well if inter need to have more potency on counter . or that they can use somebody other in big games to have more pace upfront who could provide more movement . i just marcotti statement as to whether inter or napoli can be genuine contenders . well they can be if they cant loose against lesser teams and that juventus doesnt make that late surge as they did in the first season of allegri .
liverpool played against utd and spurs in two consequitive games . what can a coach do if the defenders makes mistakes . yes he choose him but then his faith is not repaid by the player who he trusted if they keep on making amateurish mistakes . liverpool rely more on counter or on mistakes by the opposition . they try to press and counter very quickly . lets see how liverpool faired against spurs . 
spurs started the game with 5-3-2 formation with tippier and aurier as the fullbacks . aurier was shifted on the left side to counter salah's pace . while liverpool started with usual 4-3-3 formation . spurs had a very good game plan first off they played a bit high line and to counter so that they dont expose with run behind the back they played a back five so that they would have players to track diagonal run made by liverpool players . the second thing that why spurs played a bit high line was because that they know about coutiniho's quality . if you drop too deep and doesnt matters whether you man mark coutiniho he is good dribbler and he will find a little bit of space and has a good shot from beyond the box so dropping too deep would had been risky . spurs wanted to congested the middle because they know that liverpool can explore that little bit of space in that region . there are times when i do question opposition managers tactical acumen and here i have to question about kloop's . spurs played five at the back and three in the middle . spurs played the flat back five so both the full backs tucked besides their centre backs so opposition fullback had a  decent amount of space to play . now here is the question liverpool fullbacks had decent amout of space to go upfield secondly they were not man marked unless they came near the box . thidly why didnt kloop spotted this that his fullbacks were getting the space and then start the offense from there . spurs had laid a trap for liverpool by playing a high line but at the same time taken the precaution of playing 5 at the back and playing tighter . liverpool dont have proper number nine and their offense relies on the movement of the players but mane and wijnauldum injured and can had to play in the back four liverpool midfield didnt had the quality to support liverpool's front line and that hampered liverpool's offense . kane played very well against liverpool and his link up play is just getting better .
last but not the least but utd lost to huddersfield and drew against liverpool . utd offense is based around lukaku and for that his passing and vision needs to be very good . he has runner like mikhitariyan , rashford and martial who run beyond him . in the game against liverpool he was just awful with his first touch . he needs to keep the ball to get them high up the pitch . the defenders are going to be tight on you and they are not going to give you any space and time on the ball and that is when you need to show your quality on the ball . against huddersfield he was very poor and casual one thing that he needs to avoid if needs to be taken seriously as a good striker . why dont mouriniho wants to get him lean . he already has the height . if he gets lean then he can have a little pace in his legs and that will help with his movement . against huddersfield united were very poor . the opposition could just read the script as to what was going to happen when the ball was brough around the box . utd need to keep the ball more around the box and need to pass the ball more around the box instead of just crossing it in . they need to have a little bit patient with their offense and hold the ball more . i think jose needs to have more one on one sessions with him and needs to have that offense tweaked more to be more effective against good teams .


Friday, 20 October 2017

MY TAKE ON THE GAME BETWEEN CHELSEA VS ROMA .

chelsea played roma on wednesday night . over the years chelsea had tried to sign managers whom they want to play flowing and pressing football . last year chelsea just wanted to win something because in the last two years the club had not won anything . another thing was that last year nobody noticed chelsea's style of play because last year they were down and suddenly they blitzed everyone to win the title . another thing that i dont understand is this before the game dzeko was criticized for not running much in the game and in this game he just wanted to move but why do players and coaches take the tv pundit's and journalists criticism in consideration . they might had played the game but then playing the game and managing the team and making tactics are two different things .they should never ever try to listen to this criticism unless it is making sense which on numerous occasion doesnt makes any sense for me because they just focus on current things rather than taking into consideration the overall picture . 
chelsea started the 5-3-2 formation . while roma started with the 4-3-3 formation . as i had said that chelsea wanted to play flowing football but here they are just sitting back and are playing on the counter . another factor that had been one of the reasons that they were successful last season had been pedro who didnt start this game . now i dont criticize coaches who want to sit deep and defend back with numbers because it is never bad to defensive because at times defense is the best offense . chelsea were sitting back and defending with numbers and then hitting roma on the counter attack . although chelsea were playing on the counter attack but they were one dimensional ( even though they scored two goals in the first half ) . the first trouble was that there were not enough players for moratta and hazard to pass since the fullbacks were tucked up alongside the centre backs to make it a back five . it is important to show quality when you have the ball instead chelsea were just one dimensional they were just taking the ball forward instead of keeping the ball and be patient at times .
as i had said that players shouldnt mind criticsm . they criticized him for covering enough ground . now his game is not about moving instead he is more of a power forward around whom the offense revolves and he is there to be at the end of crosses and if he comes deep then players get beyond him ( footballers will understand ) . roma were playing 4-3-3 with manolans in front of the back four and naingolan and strootman either side of him . now for the first 40 min even though roma had the majority of the possession they were just not threatning . first off roma coach had correctly noted that there would no space in the middle of the park .roma wanted to stretch chelsea to create space so they moved the from wing to wing to stretch them but chelsea had numbers behind the ball .
as i had said that dzeko wanted to prove a point to his doubters that he does moves so he wanted to be invoved in the build up and he was coming i deep to help move the ball . but when your forward is coming is deep inside you want your wingers or the midfielders to run beyond him and exploit that space .instead gerson and pelotti stayed wide and strootman and naingonal didnt tried to bomb forward . roma kept the ball moving but they didnt had anybody in the box ( except for once ) . chelsea were happy to let the ball  roma move the ball because there was no threat . for me roma needs to work out there offense around the box as to what are they going to do when the ball comes around the box . they need to work on their final third tactis which are very important because team bring the ball upfield but after that they just seem to have lack of plan . 
in this match all the goals were scored because of the defensive  or individual mistakes . first two chelsea goals were conceded because roma lost the ball in their own half and on the first goal jesus tried to too cool rather than just punt the ball upfield . kolarov scored first goal for roma and here christensen made the mistake of not switching up when azpilicueta moved close to zapacosta to help him deal with kolarov and close the space . kolarov just exploited the space between azipilicueata and christensen and scored . i think at times defenders are just getting presumptious about players certain players cannot score with headers and they made a mistake with hazard and paid the price .
chelsea will work to do and i think conte needs to get the team playing because his teams performance in the ucl is not encouraging because under conte juventus won the league but never a european giant which they are under allegri . 

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 .

Friday, 7 July 2017

MY TAKE ON THE FINAL BETWEEN CHILE VS GERMANY .

now this is the last match of the season that i am writing . germany played chile in the finals and even the though the game was exciting in terms of the spectator but in terms of a analyst it was not . i will take into account both the games between these teams in the tournament . before i write about the game i want to say something . if somebody had read my blog carefully then they might had noticed that i give equal importance to observation . let me explain coaches are there are on the sidelines just so that they can observe the game and pass the inputs to players on what they are not doing or where they can explore the opposition and who should take the position where and try to explore which zone and try to carve an opening out of it  . certain coaches do like to sit in the stand so that they can have a bird eye's view of the game and they pass their instructions to their assistants who conveys to the players . i think its a very good move since in many other games like the american football the offensive and the defensive coaches sit up high in the box so that they can have a birds eye view of the game and from there they can have a better reading of the game and can take necessary changes in the game plan . the reason for me write this is because i had been disappointed with the chile coach because when you are on the offense then at that time its is up to you as to how you try to open the opposition . for that you have to take into consideration all the various factors . i once read zlatan praising about jose mouriniho because he had such a good report card about the opposition team and its players that he could plan his tactics according to it . the reason why i am writing this whole para is that there were chances for chile to exploit germany or you can say there were spaces in the german defense that chile should had exploited and made the game more interesting .
chile started the game with their usual 4-3-3 formation with vidal given the free . while germany started the game with 3-6-1 formation with werner retaining his place in the team . the game started the with the usual plot with germany sitting back and chile controlling the tempo of the game . germany were prepared for this that is why they played 3 at the back and whenever they lost the ball the three centre backs would get very narrow and just sit in front of the 18 yard box and defend . i had already written in the previous post that germany like to play out from the back so as to allow the opposition to come and close them down . this would create space and if the ball is moved crisp and properly then you can take advantage of it and punish the opposition just as they did it in the S/F against brazil in the 2014 world cup . timo werner was in the team because of his pace and his ability to make runs . stindl and draxler would join him on the offense and move inside to complement him . chile having moving there fullbacks high up the pitch since they are very mobile and also that germany had kimmich and hector as the fullbacks who would tuck along side the back three so make it a back five so chile's fullbacks could move high up the pitch because germany afforded them the space by playing the formation .
germany like to move the ball from the back but i had said that in the earlier post that they dont have players who can play crisp football plus compared to chilean footballers they are not that comfortable on the ball . rudiger is being linked with a move to chelsea but for me he still looks a little too shaky on the ball and when pressed can make mistakes . even though chile were playing the high line and pressing but when germany could escape that press and move the ball chile would try to cave up and but as much time as they can in a move to get players behind the ball and defend . the game was going with pretty much the same story line untill diaz tried to spend time on the ball and got himself caught on the ball and let the advantage to germany . 
now the why did i write the first para was that germany had the 3-4-3 formation . the reason for writing the first para was that the coaches observe the opposition and try to find out the weakness in the team . they try to find out the weakness in the opposition flank and try to exploit it . first off germany germany were playing on the counter attack but they had to make sure that wener was matched against a guy who he can have some advantage . so werner was moved to the right against medel so that he can have the pace advantage against medel .
chile were controlling the tempo and were bringing the ball from back to front very quickly and were in a hurry to score and i think it was correct since germany were getting players behind the ball very quickly . now this where i think the chile coach should had improvised . first off germany had three in the middle rudy,groetzka and draxler . first off he should had studied as to which centre back was the weakest in the german back three and if he had seen the games then he would had fined that rudiger was the weakest link in the back three compared to the other two . rudiger had no joy against chicharito in the mexico game and had hernandez been smart he would had exploited it  . secondly lowe must had instructed his back three not to come out of their positions and stay compact and maintain there position .  so first thing that the chile coach should had noticed was that there was space between the lines where all the players sanchez,vidal and vargas were getting the time and space on the ball . although they were getting closed down very quickly but they were getting the time where on they were getting the first touch easily and could pass had they had a well orchestrated move . chile should had exploited this space but sadly they dont .
another fault over the course of two games had been with sanchez . first off whoever plays football ( good players ,important ones ) they know that the opposition tries to keep them in leash and make life difficult for them . but at the same time it help to create space for the others . just look at messi when he was on the right it created space for neymar and he had his best season and barcelona won it all . sanchez should had just taken a leaf out of that book and the coach should had instructed to play him that way  . he should had just kept the game flowing instead of trying to create things himself . he should had been just a simple piece in the puzzle and produce the special thing when he would had been given the time and space on the ball .
the goal by germany was like a bullet for chile and it was just an uphill task which they found very difficult . they should had just kept th cool and just played the normal game but the coach went too early in the changes and germany just sat back and soaked up the pressure and just countered when they had the chance and some chances should had been converted . the one thing that chile coach needs to ask is whethere they  can continue playing with this same one tempo football or can they play better and make the necessary changes in the game .

Saturday, 1 July 2017

MY TAKE ON THE CONFEDERATION'S CUP SEMIFINAL'S

the semifinals of the con fed cups were completed yesterday with chile and germany reaching the finals . while germany's performance was dominating  . the tactics that were employed in the game between chile vs portugal were totally enigmatic for me . i hope just as the game between chile vs germany was entertaining in the prelims the same way the final will be .
chile vs portugal was the chance for the both teams to show who plays the best football . it was a match which would give bragging rights to the team which won the game . i thought that it would be an interesting with both managers taking into consideration there strong suits and building their team according to it . messi is the best player in the world when he has the ball  at his feet . but the best finisher at this point of time or in the last 5 years had been christiano ronaldo . this man had been the best header of the ball and is a deadly finisher with both the feet and is the most potent striker around the 18 yard box . you can deploy any tactics when you have a deadly finisher like him in an around the box . the real reason why real madrid both this season was ronaldo and his finishing powress .
portugal started the game with 4-4-2 formation with ronaldo and silva starting up front . while chile started the game with 4-3-3 formation with vidal given the free role to drop deep and link up and given the lisence to go into the box . the game was better in the first 15 min with both sides having the chances . ronaldo was playing in the front two but he was shifted on the left side a position where on he starts the game against real madrid while andre silva was the main front man . the best chances came when a direct ball was fed to ronaldo front the back and medel failed to judge the flight of the ball . ronaldo has lost quite a pace or either he was unfit for the game but he fed andre silva who failed to finish. while on the other hand sanchez found the space between the lines and released vargas behind the back four . this was the last time that sanchez had any time and space on the ball because cedric just followed sanchez and clearly kept him in the pocket and this must had been one of the worst performance or we can say that cedric did a very good job . but the trouble is that for the whole 90 min sanchez's position was the same . he should had realized that cedric was following him and he should just altered his game  . for me both the teams were too slow . the fullbacks were having time and space on the ball and were trying to stretch the offense but there was no success for both the teams . first off chile cannot beat portugal's centre backs in header .secondly portugal just werent giving chile time on the ball and pressed them hard when the ball came in their half . while portugal just couldnt find ronaldo in and around the box and there service to the forwards andre silva was poor who was the main man .  the game started to get bored after this . both teams were just cautious but i was greatly by the lack of ingenuity by both the coaches and the lack of plan A .
the real enigma for me was why was ronaldo shifted on the left . he should be just around the 18 yard box or inside it and that invites attention which creates space for the others . his starting position is not a problem but his final position should be in the box just like he does for his team. there is no other lethal finisher in world ( with messi ) like him . portugal's decision to play deep and play on the counter is very correct . they dont have the players who can do the dogged running and chase ball but then on offense just like chile players honding on the ball a bit longer and getting themselves closed down and losing possession or missing the chance to release the pass .
this might be the worst game sanchez had played and his pass completion might be worst in the team . the most surprising thing for me was that sanchez position was the same for the whole match . why didnt the coach wanted to change his position ask him to be smart and change his ways i dont know . chile trouble was that they didnt had the target man around who they could base their offense . most important there were two glaring things that were evident in the match first off there was lack of crisp passing from the chileans around the 18 yard box and portugal's good defending  . but all and all both the teams were just too bad when they had the ball . 
in the second semis mexico played germany who are one of the best organised team under lowe . germany started the game with 3-5-2 but would switch to 5-4-1 when  they loose the ball . even the score does suggest the hammering but i would applaud mexico and had the coach changed some of his personal the game would had been more interesting . both the south andnorth  americans are very comfortable on the ball and are definitely athletic than the europeans . mexico started the game with 4-2-1-3 formation . the trouble with mexico that they could press germany but they should had studied there opponent who could surpass chile's press and score the goal . germans had become very good with the ball at their feet and can play good crisp football . most importantly they make very good decisions on the ball and just dont hurry the moves instead they are patient and are able to bring the ball inside from wide areas and create good chances . mexico's decision to play high line cost them and the other reason was that the marking . they just couldnt sort out the marking as to who was marking whom . the first two goals were scored on counter and the main reason for that was that mexico had two players in the middle but out of which jonathan dos santos was getting high up the pitch and that was leaving only herrera to guard a large space in front of the back four for herrera to guard . the first goal was resultant of that . the second goal was because the back got into confusion as to whether they should step up for hold up their line and shape and let the opposition come onto them . in that confusion they let werner have time and space in the hole and he just could release groetzka behind the back four to score .
the personal that i wanted to change for mexico was chicharito . in that mexico team he is most less technical player in the team . van gal was criticized for his time at utd but i think he was correct to release to chicharito because he wants more from his forwards and after watching chicharito he was right to sell him . had mexico moved jiminez in chicharito's position and let aquino on the pitch with lazano in jimenez's position then we would had a game . the mexican's were good on the ball but the trouble was that they were making mistakes at the crucial moment and most importantly there organisation wasnt good one .
last but not the least chile and germany played in the prelims and they had a very good game ( i was going to write that one but couldnt ) . if germany can just hold off that initial chile's pressure for the first 20 min then i think we have a very good game on out hands and if germany can stop making that initial mistakes when they play out from the back . the trouble with germany is that when they move the ball from back to front they are getting one dimensional and the opposition can read the game and close them down and start the counter very fast . instead when they move the ball they need to keep the opposition guessing and be smart on the ball . 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

THE FA CUP FINAL ARSENAL VS CHELSEA 2-1

on saturday arsenal played chelsea in the FA cup final . in this season chelsea had been asked tactical question by two teams one was man utd who starangled chelsea at old trafford and conte was unable to find the solution to the tactical question that was posed to his team . the second one was posed by arsenal and here i wouldnt say he didnt found the answer but was a bit unlucky . although the tactics employed by arsenal and man utd were completely opposite to each other . man utd stopped chelsea in the tracks while arsenal took their chances and they out played chelsea on the offensive front  . i think wenger doesnt like to copy anybody's tactics and wants his team to outplay the opposition and beat them in the purer form of football rather . i think wenger only has the offensive mindset and he takes his chances on the defense . i dont what contemplated him to change his age old formation of 4-3-3 to 3-4-3but perhaps conte's success with that would had changed wenger's mindset to adopt it .
chensea started with their 3-4-3 formation which had won them the EPL while arsenal had started to play 3 at the back for the last month or so . i dont  think arsene wenger thinks much about tactics . instead he want to play beautiful football playing one touch football and believe in players abilities . unlike utd who strangled chelsea with a proper plan arsenal just wanted to play good offense and score more than chelsea . the commentator rightly commented that arseanl's back three would be tested today with their cohesiveness ,shape and discipline on defense . in the very first minute luiz played a ball behind arsenal's back three and pedro who made a diagonal run from right recovered it and i thought that  arsenal were going to have this trouble all match long . but arsenal recovered better to have foothold in the match . 
now chelsea like to play through costa . here costa was marked by mertesacker when he was playing on the shoulders of the last defender while he was followed out by holding when he was coming deep . arsenal atleast had recognised this and were not ready to give his time on  the ball . the interesting thing was that when mertesacker was guarding costa at that time holding was dropping deep to give mertesacker the cover so that if costa was to get the better of mertasacker he would be there . now this is where i find that conte should had spotted this and should had duly passed the note to his players that hazard was free ( how he was free i will show in the diagram ) . first off bellerin was high on the pitch trying to press alonso . secondly when the ball was passed to costa who was trying to stand against mertesacker at that time holding was dropping a little back . so at that time there was no natural opponent against hazard and that thing had to be exploited by conte . now i know that hazard was playing  on the left and the right footed player with the way they stand find it difficult to pass  to the player on the left but then costa is a good enough player and he can adjust to that and had done so rightly this season . hazard for me didnt show that willingness to get on the ball and get involved . he didnt had the touch for the first 10 min . i think costa should had been informed by conte that hazard wasnt having a natural defender against him and that he should try to pick him and hazard being told to use that space and start the offense from there . i wouldnt say that chelsea were poor they just played their game but when you come second best in any  one on one challenge then the opposition tries to exploit it and thats what arsenal tried to do with chamberlain who got the better out of moses and kept pushing chelsea back . 
any tactics are dependent on the players that the coach uses and how they perform . for arsenal danny wellback was leading the line and i am glad to say that for the first time any english player was found reliable enough by alexis sanchez just because let me tell you about good players mentality they dont pass the ball to average players because they are afraid that he wont be able to use that properly and sanchez who was playing behind welback was ready to pass the ball to him shows that sanchez was trusting welback and welback played very well . he made the diagonal runs the back three to stretch the chelsea defense and take the ball deeper and most importantly he kept the ball in tight situations and showed that he is good on ball .
the real chelsea problems were that the back line is not that mobile and especially cahill who doesnt likes to come out of the defense . at the same time credit must be given to wellback whose diagonal runs wasnt allowing the chelsea back three to come out of there positions and because of this time and again players like ramsey and ozil were able to find space between the lines and that was causing chelsea problems . secondly arsenal had three in the middle with ozil dropping back to make it three in the middle while ramsey was given the freedom to bomb forward . but the best player for the match for me was kante even though he didnt had the impact but that one moment in the match summed up his brain . although he is know for his athletic powress but the quality that he showed was second to none . chelsea were on offense and the ball ended in kante's feet . he showed that he was going to take the shot but realised that he would be better scopping the ball to costa and he did that and caught arsenal offguard who were going to get ready for the shot . i think it summed the player he is and the brain that he has got and i was impressed by that .

Saturday, 27 May 2017

UEFA CUP FINAL TAKE . AJAX VS MAN UTD .

man utd won the uefa cup but the media doesnt seems to be happy . although nowadays the media is all biased and i cannot help that but i am not writing this to comment on that . mouriniho was scolded for the type of football that he coaches and the way that man utd won the game. had pep gaurdiola won this competetion then i think the media would have had a different reaction . the reason behind this is that because the kind of football that both football coach . gaurdiola likes to play an aggressive game while mouriniho likes to play passive counter attacking play . everybody likes to see aggresive forward football and defensive one . had these two been in world of chess then i think both would had been very much respected because some may think that defense is very easy and it doesnt requires much effort then i think he doesnt knows football .  somebody whoever knows football then i think he will know that  its much harder to play on the back rather than upfront . on defense you cannot a lapse of concentration or your entire team pays for that . on defense all the footballing attributes are required your concentration ,discipline , shape and cohesion are all tested on defense. not every team can play aggressive football and there is no need to because the coach has to look at all the attributes while putting the team on the grass . he has to look at the players on hand and how he can use them to maximum and get his team a win. it is said that "defense starts from the front" and "offense starts from the back " . if you had looked at the recent barcelona vs juventus games then i think there defenders were the mvp's in those two legs .
now even though i had tried to justify mouriniho's approach in my first para but a big club like man utd cannot be  just a counter attacking and defensive minded team . its is very important that whenever you have the ball you should show that you are good on the ball and should pose the threat that everytime you have the ball you can score . even though man utd won but there are a lot of quetions about this team . man utd started the game with their 4-3-3 formation and i think utd had adopted this formation because pogba was used to play this formation and that way he could get the best out of pogba . ajax played the 4-3-3 formation but the trouble with me is that i know only one or two players in that team or can just track them since i was watching them the first time . man utd like to sit back and hit back on the counter at the start of the game at least they wanted to press ajax and hit the counter . mouriniho is a master at stopping the teams and he identifies the players and the zones where on the opposition can hurt him and he makes necessary changes and stops the opposition . ajax likes to play off dolberg but again its mouriniho who had told his centre back to be tight on him and deny him the time and space on the ball and as i had said all along daley blind is one of the most underrated player that man utd have . he is basically a midfielder who was drafted in the back four because of injuries and because of his performances he made that postion his . for the first 15 min utd were active and pressing but after that they quickly retorted to sit back and hold their shape . only after 15 min could ajax were able to move the ball and could find some space and time on the ball . the trouble as one of the newspapers had rightfully said is that it was boys against men . utd were better physically and were coming up trump in one on one situations and had better defense because of which they won . 
the questions are not about utd's defensive ability but rather about their goal scoring ability and because of this nature that they drew so many matches in the premier league . utd were sitting back and trying to hit back on the counter . the most worrying stat if you had seen the match was the number of times utd tried to release rashford behind ajax's back four . i dont object to utd sitting back and hitting on the counter but the way they try to use the ball when they get is worrying they just try to play it out to the forward whoever is there very quickly which is not needed . second is the time spend on the ball by the utd players which in turn helps the oppostion to press them . if utd are to play the ball to the forward quickly then they need to play it in a way where on the ball can be kept and moved quickly . utd wanted to feed to rashford but i think on the offensive front utd were just one dimensional . rashford was continously trying to take the defenders on instead he should had been taught to read the situation and make better decisions which inturn would had kept the ball and utd would have had better possession and made something out of it . this is the one end that mouriniho has to work if he wants to recognised as a total coach . one who can coach both sides of the game .