Latest news! Graham Potter’s Brighton stunned Manchester City, Chelsea got some FA Cup rematch and Thiago produced a passing masterclass for Liverpool. Here are five tactical lessons we’ve seen from midweek matches … 1) Crowd spurred Brighton – and Potter’s replacement Brighton returned 2-0 down to beat Manchester City on Tuesday in one of the surprise results of the season, and while the red card played a huge role, the audience presence was even greater. The hosts pinned Manchester City for long periods of the second half, testifying to the manager’s aggression and pressing approach, whose side were spurred on by a rowdy home crowd. It wouldn’t have been enough without a clever tactical change from the manager in the 49th minute, 60 seconds before Brighton’s first goal that kicked off the revival. Graham Potter removed Alireza Jahanbakhsh and replaced him with Adam Lallana, moving from a 3-5-2 to a 3-4-2-1. That extra player in midfield helped Brighton gain momentum centrally and take full advantage of their numerical advantage. Lallana played a good game, controlling the pace from the center of the park while Fernandinho and Rodri found themselves totally outnumbered in City’s 4-4-1-0. Brighton’s swarm of bodies in the half-spaces allowed them to lock down Manchester City and force them into submission. 2) Rodgers lineup change interrupts Leicester before the last wave Leicester City deserved the FA Cup win over the weekend after a very confident performance at Wembley, which makes it particularly odd that Brendan Rodgers dropped out of the 3 -4-1-2 for a 3-4 -2-1- makes Kelechi Iheanacho fall on the bench for James Maddison. The theory was to help build the midfield better while blocking Chelsea by mirroring their training exactly, but that didn’t work out. Instead, the excellent pressure we saw from Leicester with the strikers in tandem was lost, leaving the slower and slower Jamie Vardy all alone to harass the ball from the front. There was now only a one-man barrier to Chelsea’s three-man defense, which allowed Thomas Tuchel’s defenders to build unchallenged from the rear. Antonio Rudiger was consequently dominant, fueling from the back line to bring the hosts onto the pitch. Rodgers deserves credit for acknowledging the mistake and returning to 3-4-1-2 in the second half, replacing Maddison in place of Iheanacho within an hour. It made a big difference: Leicester held 34.5% possession in the first hour and 53.5% after that substitution, regaining a foothold in the game.
. 3) Grealish as a 10 Exposes Mason’s Midfield ProblemsJack Grealish had a great first start from his injury, creating four chances and helping Aston Villa fully control the game from an unusual number ten position. Usually Grealish slows down the game too much to excel centrally, but his presence here – with Bertrand Traore and Anwar el Ghazi instinctively drifting towards him – helped expose Tottenham’s midfield. Ryan Mason couldn’t find the right combination in between. This time around, Harry Winks apparently had no idea how to keep track of Grealish, making sure Villa dominated the ball and pushed the Spurs into their third. Part of the problem is that with Dele Alli on the pitch Tottenham are playing two, and without detailed coaching these two wander listlessly, unsure how to stop their opponents. But it’s also about picking the wrong players. The Spurs have had no progression in the middle without Giovani Lo Celso’s technical prowess, while Mason’s continued reluctance to start Tanguy Ndombele is becoming a real problem. Tottenham need top midfielders who feel comfortable keeping the ball under pressure. 4) West Brom struggled because Big Sam checked out Watching Sam Allardyce on the West Brom bench for the past couple of months it is clear that he has mind control; arms folded and back in his chair, Allardyce has done everything possible to distance himself from relegation that tarnishes his record. It’s a rather shameful way to behave in all honesty, and the fact that he just doesn’t care – as made clear by his call to Sky Sports in the post-match press conference – contributed to the end of the Baggies season. They were directionless against West Ham, playing in the free and confused way of a team that wasn’t sure what was expected of them. After initially taking the lead, they got a little shy, neither one thing nor the other, and then in the last crucial 30 minutes of the match they fell into the West Ham trap holding possession and pushing up. The Hammers counterattacked to victory, and West Brom fans were left wondering why Big Sam had taken the job in the first place. 5) Thiago’s improving role suggests a bright future for Liverpool For the second consecutive game Thiago was Liverpool’s leading player. In the 2-1 win at West Brom last weekend, the Spanish midfielder had more touches (112), more key passes (five), more shots (four) and more tackles (four). He had an equally big influence against Burnley midweek, leading the way with 104 ball keys in a massive, action-packed performance. Thiago has finally settled down and together with Fabinho can provide the basis for a Liverpool relaunch next season. His ability to mask a vertical pass, by cutting the ball forward before the opponent can react, is unmatched in the Premier League, and he recently managed to combine this with a sharper reading of the English game. Thiago now faces and intercepts well, helping to block the other team and providing a solid foundation for Liverpool to return to winning.
Source = Metinews.com
This news 592 hits received.