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Author: Joao Nuno Fonseca

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Due to various reasons there are teams that rebuild their squads. In some cases they decide to change or rebuild because the performance that they have obtained has been below the created expectations.

On other occasions there are clubs that are obliged to sell and reinvent themselves. Atlético Madrid is a clear example of a team that has reinvented itself, even with the success that it has had in recent years, but without losing the intrinsic culture of El “Cholo” Diego Simeone. The principles that govern this Atlético Madrid remain intact, but according to quantitative data from past seasons, there is an increase in the ball possession. In terms of its defensive organisation, it is articulated without being broken up, practically as if the players were sown together.

As a coach and an analyst he lures me enough into managing to identify new possibilities, which coaches manage to make emerge in squads that experience changes.

FC Bayern Munich has players that have a special flair for creating offensive imbalances that are capable of opening up defences. Atlético Madrid has talented players that manage to keep their attentional focus for 90 min without losing the pragmatic capability of going on offensive shifts whenever the possibility exists.

This picture of the game translates into what, in my opinion, is a remarkable clash of styles.
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A cohesive backline, without allowing spaces between their lines and obliging FC Bayern Munich to enter into the last third through mainly their runners on the wings.
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Saul decided the game in a genius-attacking move. However, he had a very important role in his defensive positioning throughout the whole game, often communicating with his right-winger, number 20, Torres Belén, about the offensive shifts into the space from Thiago Alcântara and Douglas Costa.
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During the game’s first half, Pep Guardiola was seen pointing this space out to Thiago Alcântara which often existed behind the midfielders, number 14, Gabi and number 12, Fernández, and which wasn’t rightly taken advantage of.
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When FC Bayern Munich managed to enter into the attacking third of the field of play, there was an aspect that was predominant in the strategy drawn up by Simeone to defend the attacking combinations – to close up the central space of the large area, even with number 6, Koke, to close up the space inside.
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The need for the central midfielders number 12, Fernández and number 14, Gabi, in following the diagonal movements of FC Bayern’s forwards was decisive, always with cover in closing up the space inside.
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The individual marking within the area around Lewandowski to not allow movements and correctly close up the space up front.
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The concern with closing up the spaces during offensive shifts and the fact of being a well-balanced team allowed for the inefficiency of FC Bayern Munich’s counter-attacks.
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In order to beat this Atlético Madrid it is necessary to have very great mental agility in being able to see what the pass following another pass is going to be before receiving it, in order to execute a move against the togetherness that “El Cho]lo’s” backline presents.

More intensity and speed in the ball circulation shall allow FC Bayern Munich to manage to turn the semi-final in their favour.

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Joao Nuno Fonseca
Senior Football Match Analyst

Joao Nuno Fonseca hold an MSc in Sports Training with specialisation in Football under the guidance of the Professor Jose Guilherme. Start his professional career during University in Academica de Coimbra – 1st Division Portugal, as match analyst for the historical club. Won the Portuguese Cup in 2012 against Sporting Lisbon. Currently is Senior Football Match Analyst for ASPIRE Academy in Doha – Qatar and U19 Qatar National Team.

www.joaonunofonseca.com

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