El Clasico: Tactical Teachings (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of El Clasico's tactical teachings. In part 1, we discussed how Real Madrid was able to exploit Barça's backline through the tactical concept of occupying to create space. If you haven't read part 1, I'd suggest checking out that post.

This week I've focused on Barça's organised attack before Sergi Roberto was given a red card. Different to Real Madrid, the Catalans tried to exploit the space on the wings.

They attempted to create situations of isolation, especially with Sergi Roberto, by overloading one side of the pitch to create space for the Barcelona right back. These movements could be seen in their build out from the back, as well as through the midfield. 

Read: Crash Course to Positional Play - Organized Structure

When we talk about 'switching the point of attack', what we're dealing with is exactly this. We occupy one side of the field in order to create space on the other side. However, in order to successfully change the point of attack, the team must move the opponent by occupying a different area thus creating space.

In the following video, you'll see how Barça applied this tactical idea perfectly. As you watch the video, focus on Coutinho who pushes forward and away from Sergi Roberto in order to create space for him. Once Roberto has received the ball, he checks back into the space to hopefully have numerical superiority, or at least numerical equality.

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