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Author: Francesco Farioli

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In today’s article we would like to offer a point of view that can help you plan out your week. Video analysis and studying the opposing team are no longer new ideas, but nevertheless, analysing the tactics chosen by the goalkeeper does not always lead to adequate measures.

For example, if we take the two semi-final matches between Manchester City and Real Madrid, it is clear that Manchester did not take Keylor Navas’ characteristics into consideration.

The Real Madrid keeper makes aggressiveness one if his strong points. Always ready to attack the ball and set himself up to intervene at the earliest possible moment, something we define as a “Priority Stop”.

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This aggressiveness of his is the result of a clear choice which, nevertheless, leaves space for other solutions. In the two semi-final matches, Navas only made three noteworthy plays and all three were carried out in “End Line Situations”, with the ball kicked hard toward the near post, precisely toward Navas’ strong point.

If, in the situation below, it is true that the Manchester player had no other options, given the short distance from the near post (8-19 metres),

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In the other two situations, with the ball outside the penalty area, it would have been preferable to set up a different offensive solution.

Studying the matches and being familiar with the adversary’s characteristics and defensive tactical choices would have been beneficial
for preparing a counter-manoeuvre in order to attack the far post area, especially with the ball deep, outside of the penalty area, having enough distance to be able to easily get by the goalkeeper and win his back.
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Last season as in preparation for the Lucchese – Prato Lega Pro Championship match, as I watched our opponent’s last three matches I noticed how, during the Siena match, the Prato keeper would assume a strong position on the far post when defending a ball from the side, leaving open space in the central/near post area.
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So I searched for this constant in the previous matches and I found other similar situations. In speaking with the Head Coach, I showed how this space could be attacked and during the week of training we decided, along with the rest of the Staff, to work on this offensive situation, encouraging our striker to attack that space and our wings to serve up balls in the near post area.
On the following Sunday, it was nice to see how our hard work and studying paid off.
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Francesco Farioli
Aspire Academy (Qatar Football Association), Senior Goalkeeper Coach, Video Match & Performance Analysis.
www.francescofarioli.com

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