El Clasico: Tactical Teachings (Part 1)
Well, that was quite the Clasico. I've heard some mixed reviews ranging from one of the worst Clasicos to Zidane's statement, "If you're a fan of football, you enjoyed the match."
In my opinion, the match's tactical integrity was comprised when Sergi Roberto saw the red card. However, there were some good tactical takeaways from both teams.
This week's focus is on Real Madrid's organised attack and how they were able to utilise a crucial tactical component to keep Barça's backline under constant pressure; occupy space to create space and exploit that space.
Real Madrid took advantage of the Barça's flat 4-4-2 and found the half spaces between the back line and the midfield line. Most of the time, either Kroos and Modric found Busquet's and Rakitic's backs. Although, Bale, Ronaldo, and even Casemiro made use of the space.
Once having checked into the space, they forced Pique and Umtiti to come out and pressure thus creating gaps in the Catalan's back line. These were the spaces the Madrileños exploited.
The accompanying video depicts examples of this tactical component and shows how Bale's equaliser was a direct consequence of occupation, creation, and exploitation space.
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