Technical evaluation, Champions League, Man Metropolis 2-1 Dortmund | UEFA Champions League

Technical evaluation, Champions League, Man Metropolis 2-1 Dortmund | UEFA Champions League

Manchester Metropolis’s Matchday 2 victory over Borussia Dortmund was determined by Erling Haaland’s magnificent purpose towards his former membership. Nevertheless, on this evaluation article delivered to you by FedEx, the UEFA Technical Observers Panel sheds gentle on the English collective, the intelligent triangles to open up areas, particularly when getting ready for the profitable purpose de Haaland in Wednesday’s Group C match.

Match sheet


Metropolis of Man

City's 4-3-3

Metropolis’s 4-3-3

The English performed in a 4-3-3 formation and their again line included a centre-back, Manuel Akanji (25), who was making his second Metropolis look towards the membership he left final summer season. With Nathan Aké (6) paired with Akanji, Stones (5) performed at right-back with Cancelo (7) at left-back; the 2 full-backs supported the attacking recreation not by climbing on the wings however within the subject.

In midfield, Rodri (16), within the pivot function, was all the time able to obtain the ball and go it round. One other Dortmund alum İlkay Gündoğan (8) supplied the hyperlink between midfield and assault whereas De Bruyne (17) had the liberty to create and carry the ball. As for the attacking trio, wingers Riyad Mahrez (26) and Jack Grealish (10) performed close to the touchline whereas Haaland (9) operated between Dortmund’s centre-backs.

Metropolis’s efficiency improved after a triple change within the 58e minute that introduced extra mobility forward. Phil Foden (47), Bernardo Silva (20) and Julián Álvarez (19) took the place of Grealish, Gündoğan and Mahrez, and Metropolis started to dominate on the left specifically, Foden combining with Cancelo. Within the ultimate moments, the wingers moved additional inside to open up areas for different gamers.


Dortmund a 4-5-1

Dortmund a 4-5-1

The guests lined up in a 4-3-3 which turned a 4-5-1 when defending. Centre-backs Niklas Süle (15) and Mats Hummels (25) remained unchanged from their positions for many of the recreation, whereas defensive midfielder Emre Can (23) slipped between these two to assist construct from the again towards Metropolis’s urgent. The opposite midfielders, Bellingham (22) and Salih Özcan (6), had extra attacking roles however nonetheless carried out vital defensive duties.

Our diagram reveals Dortmund with a five-man midfield with out the ball. Bellingham and Özcan had been praised by the UEFA Observer for his or her efforts to cowl the areas in entrance of and between centre-backs and full-backs, which is important given Metropolis’s many overlaps on this space.

As for the Dortmund attackers, Anthony Modeste (20) performed up entrance, Reyna (7) performed on the best wing and Reus (11) operated extra as a free participant, concerned in many of the Yellows’ greatest assaults.

On the ultimate whistle, Edin Terzić’s males had been 5-4-1 after a 3rd centre-back, Nico Schlotterbeck, got here on after 77 minutes.

In two minutes, Metropolis 2-1 Dortmund


A key function of Metropolis’s efficiency was their triangles on either side in an try to create house. Full-backs Cancelo and Stones moved vertically and inside because the gamers round them moved aside or dropped decrease.

The video above affords examples of their rotations and within the first sequence you see Mahrez fall again as De Bruyne strikes into the house he has freed up and Stones makes an attempt a ahead run behind the line of defense.

The second sequence takes place shortly after the doorway of Foden and Bernardo Silva and reveals a wonderfully synchronized triangle with Cancelo developing the sphere similtaneously Foden arrives from the left and Bernardo Silva paces the wing. The identical trio is concerned within the purpose of victory, because the third sequence underlines.

Cancelo’s magnificent help for that game-winning purpose underlined its significance on an evening when he made extra passes into the opposition’s 30 yards (33) than another participant within the Champions League this week and was elementary within the Metropolis work on the left aspect of the sphere.

Haaland’s unbelievable restoration for Manchester Metropolis towards Dortmund

For Dortmund, the reversal of the scenario within the final minutes is difficult given its defensive group and its self-discipline. Centre-backs Hummels and Süle had been strong within the air, and on the bottom Dortmund lined house nicely and put in quite a lot of effort to stop Metropolis from gaining the higher hand in one-on-one conditions. From an attacking perspective, the Germans had been harmful greater than as soon as on their fast transitions to the assault – particularly within the 52e minute when Reus seemed set to wrap up a clean counter.

In contrast, within the opinion of the UEFA match observer, Metropolis’s builder’s play was too gradual and predictable within the first half. The defining second was the triple substitution simply earlier than the hour mark, which “modified the tempo” in line with Pep Guardiola – and ensured Dortmund would go away empty-handed. Thanks largely to the defensive rigor of the guests, Metropolis had 12 photographs however 7 blocked and solely three on track. His xG was 0.97. Nevertheless, due to particular person exploits, the Cityzens ended the night with two targets on the clock.

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