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Author: Francesco Farioli

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A counter-attack begins, the play is fast, by the time anyone realises what has happened, the ball is at the back of the net. In living rooms all over the world, all eyes were on David Luiz’s (apparently clumsy) movement. Coordination error? Technical error? Tactical error?

With the help of Wyscout images and a more in depth Video Analysis, we can arrive at a different answer.

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PREMISE:

The play action develops with PSG players open for the build-up. After a series of passes in the centre circle, PSG loses possession and the Manchester City transition is launched, skilfully keeping the team compact within 25-27 m

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DEVELOPMENT:

When City recovered the ball, the two centre backs pushed the transition by quickly moving the team forward.

The transition was fast, and when Fernandinho changed pace, Thiago Silva and David Luiz read it two different ways.

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Thiago Silva decided to open up his trajectory toward the City striker in order to close off the outside passing line and try to defend the centre space with Kroll’s help. David Luiz found himself having to interpret a situation, not knowing whether or not Thiago Motta would be able to recover.

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Initially, Thiago Motta seemed to be cut out of the play, so the situation that David Luiz saw was a 3 vs 2 + GK.

At that point he was forced to tighten up in order to keep Fernandinho from an unhindered sprint to the goal.

A few seconds later, Motta would manage to recover and David Luiz would try to widen his path, running toward De Bruyne.

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From the overhead view, we can easily see how the PSG players’ movement was correctIt was amazing how Fernandinho managed to find a passing line in the conflict zone behind David Luiz.

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David Luiz’s (apparently) clumsy movement was actually an extreme attempt to slow his pace (from a diagonal run to a lateral pace) in order to try and get a heel on the ball.

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Fernandinho’s pass to De Bruyne was perfect. The ball reached the player who was in a full run. David Luiz tried to react on the fly. Kroll decided to close down the angle and Thiago Silva decided to run to cover the goal.

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CONCLUSIONS:

Everything that seemed to represent an error, in the end, after watching the same footage in slow motion, from various angles and having hypothesised a long series of variables, can be explained by one of two conclusions. The first is much more specific. The second is much more general.

1) The technical and tactical errors hypothesised in David Luiz’s action, are not confirmed as such, but to the contrary, the Video Analysis demonstrate various possible scenarios.

2) The game of football is made up of variables and, as has always been the case, whoever has the ball, if he knows how to handle it, has the advantage of controlling.

It is a question of circumstances and viewpoints.

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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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