lunedì 3 settembre 2012

Shakhtar and Dinamo: clash between two styles

This match essentially started around a clash between two different playing styles. Shakhtar started with his classic 4-4-3/4-2-3-1 featuring Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the midfilder to support the offensive trio of  William, Luiz Adriano, and Ilsinho. The technical quality in the first 20 minutes was high: Mircea Lucescu's side controlled the match with their high ball retention a la Barcelona and spread the field thanks to full backs Darijo Srna and Razvan Rat that had decent positions playing wide as wing backs while the forwards were occupying the middle section of the field. But Shakthar pressing when the ball was lost too deserves some credit. While Shaktar pressed heavily, Dinamo Kyev stayed more passive without the ball, with no pressing action. It was a 4-4-1-1 with Niko Kranjcar as attacking midfielder. But they was more worried to close the spaces than to hunt the ball. So, sometimes, we have seen Dinamo Kiev defending with a line of 6 defenders, with the four-men back line very tight and the wingers collapsing behind to cover Srna and Rat. They got into a bank of three defending centrally with the midfield closed to centre-backs that tried to keep the line high. Lucescu's side controlled the game but had some nice through balls too. It was defending with the ball, commanding the game. After Shakhtar scored first, Dinamo went to rise up the defense, trying to press more high. By the way Shakhtar get the ball control and when the ball was lost they were able to press immediately in the zone where it was lost and were quick to come back closing the opposite's counter-attacking chances. Despite this control, Shakhtar had fewer scoring chances than aspected so this was a game that remained open. It was showed at the end of the first half, when Dinamo equalized thaks to a personal play made by Andrey Yarmolenko. The second half started much more open as Dinamo tried to play in attack and not just to defend. That's happened because Shakhtar scored early the 2-1 following a corner kick mistake of Dinamo's defenders- and it was the second time whithin the game. At the end, Lucescu's men was the better side and deserved to win. Once time they impressed with their bunch of Brazilian players up front. But they had few scoring opportunities in relation to the ball possession. Dinamo paid a high price for two defensive mistakes on set pieces. They were too passive on the first half and created nothing in the second too, when had a better control of the ball.

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