martedì 12 giugno 2012

Two thoughts on Ukraine's victory

So, you can run fast and play vertically. Ukraine's showed that, in '2000's football, you can play in a different way from Tiki-Taka. Ukraine lined up in the expected system – basically a 4-2-3-1 with Andriy Voronin behind Andriy Shevchenko. It worked. Erik Hamren's idea to line up Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a good one. But, with the team on defensive phase, Ibrahimovic never was a real defending No. 10 as he left a lot of freedom to Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. On the other half of the pitch, Andriy Voronin was the key on Ukraine’s formation: he was involved many times behind the Sweden's midfield line. The goal of Oleg Blokhin's team was to play vertically when it was possible or to go on the flanks when the spaces was closed in the middle. Ukraine was able not just on the fast breaks. When they had the ball, they was good to broke Sweden's defensive system going through the flanks with quickly changes from the strong to the weak side. Shevchenko's goals was amazing - in the second, he made a movement that beat an Ibrahimovic in a zone marking coverage over the first post and exploited Mikael Lustig's mistake on leaving the first post duties, in a corner kick situation, before the penalty box was cleaned - but his overall performance was the plus to a strong tactical effort. Yep, Sweden would have deserved the tie in the second half, when they wasted a lot of scoring changes. But Ukraine showed he can play other way that simly sit deep and play the counter-attack.

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