It is relatively easy to defend a give and go pass performed against an organized defence. However, it is far more difficult to predict a third man’s run. A first video done in collaboration with the Football Education Institute of Slovenia (Nogometno izobraževalni inštitut).
While #Paulinho makes a great run and #Coutinho pulls off a magnificent pass, the key move is made by #Jesus. His off the ball movement stretches the defensive unit creating space for the runner from deep. A brief video analysis focusing on individual movement from Brazil striker that allows Coutinho to show his brilliance.
For the most part of the game, Croatia was happy to control the match tactically. They didn’t do so by possessing the ball comfortably, but by facing Argentina generally without the ball and not letting any chances to be created on the opponent side thanks to their great defensive organisation.
To read more about Argentina v Croatia match and truly understand the match dynamics, head over to The Half Space. The author explains in depth how the teams stood on the pitch and their offensive/defensive organization.
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Since the start of World Cup Qualifications in September 2016, Iceland scored 16 goals from set pieces. That is 41% of all their goals. In defensive phase, they are hard working and compact using 4-4-2 defensive shape. On offense, they are extremely vertical, counter-attacking team.
Apart from Sigurdsson, Iceland lacks technical ability and the team plays to their other strengths. Physical strength, height, speed, teamwork and work rate. Due to lack of technical skills, Iceland is heavily oriented towards set pieces. Their long throw-ins and corner kicks have been extensively analysed. Goal kicks frequently pass under the radar as rarely they are treated as a possible threat to the opposition.
Iceland takes them seriously and looks to take the most out of them. Here’s a brief analysis of their direct play from the back.