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Author: Joao Nuno Fonseca

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A vital behaviour in players that occupy areas between backlines and that appear in spaces on the wings is without doubt, playing with the “blind” side of players that come out to apply pressure on the player in possession of the ball. Besiktas managed to apply this principle at some points during the game.

Players that manage to breakdown the relationship between the defensive backline and that also know how to separate themselves/create space from the opposing players (counter-movements) are essentially intelligent players/teams, and Besiktas were – the intelligent and pragmatic team!

Early on in the game it was seen that Besiktas looked for the long diagonals through crosses in order to reach the last third. There was quality building of play in perceiving spaces between the backline. In this image it is possible to see that the defensive backline was drawn out, with the attentional focus in the area of the ball, whilst not paying attention to the space on the opposite side.
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The space in the central route to goal was excessively protected by the defensive backline, thus allowing players between the backline to be unmarked and in a dangerous area to shoot.
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The advances from Quaresma into the last third didn’t receive special attention (a dangerous player in 1vs1’s and who exhibits ease/quality in crossing and shooting). A defensive backline almost always concerned with closing the space in the middle.
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Another similar example and that didn’t experience any change in the second half, where space continued to exist in the space on the wide areas of the pitch for progression and advances into the last third.
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There were movements of offensive shifts from Galatasaray where there could have been a greater exploitation of the passes, in which the pass after the retrieval was often made to the same area where the ball had been retrieved instead of looking for the space on the opposite side.
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Besiktas, in the face of the defensive weaknesses, could have better taken advantage of the fact of there being space in Galatasaray’s wide defensive areas.
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Another aspect that stood out from this game was sometimes the lack of synchronisation of the central midfielders in not closing the space that existed in the middle, and that allowed progression through Besiktas’ middle in offensive shifts.
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With a defensive line high up on the pitch Besiktas didn’t allow Galatasaray to come out and build through the goalkeeper with the centre midfielders and were therefore obliged to resort to long kicks. In perceiving this there was caution with surrounding the potential players of Galatasaray that could receive the ball and with preventing there being passing opportunities.
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Galatasaray had a greater % of ball possession, but it was Besiktas who better took advantage of the weaknesses. They were pragmatic and they knew how to manage the game’s key moments and continue to stand firm in the leading of the Turkish League.
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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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