Using the Wyscout Playlist and Draw App, we can see how significant Madrid’s midfield dynamic duo’s occupation of their respective half space when in possession proved to be.
With Juventus defending in what was ostensibly a 4-4-2 that focused heavily on protecting the centre, Modric and Kroos were able to exploit the spaces either side of Juventus’ first line of pressure by receiving on the outside of Juve’s front two. This allowed them to receive possession in a less congested area of the pitch and have an excellent view of the field to construct, orchestrate and animate Los Merengues’ offensive moves.
In addition, their positioning allowed them to be in ideal areas to shift over when the ball was on the touchline to create overloads, so they could get through the Bianconeri’s defensive structure. Their capacity to create numerical superiority in such instances can be seen in the image below.