Friendly game analysis Cordoba 2-0 Puertollano
Cordoba: 419 Puertollano: 366 passes
First competitive game — Liga Adelante — Cordoba 1-0 Ponferradina
OUR PRIMARY outing of the 2013/14 campaign was reassuring with our 20-year-old forward Mendi scoring the only goal of the game on 35 minutes.
Mendi (full name Sergio Mendigutxia Iglesias) looks a really well-rounded player for our level. Here he is:
IN THE Ponferradina game, we managed 59% possession and a whopping SIX clear cut chances, but we only scored the one goal. I am delighted we managed a clean sheet though as defensive soundness is part of my masterplan for Cordoba.
The revolutionary aspect of this save is I have decided to ditch the deep lying playmaker. I have plumped for two arguably all-rounders as my midfield two behind a trequartista.
I am working on a 3-5-2 formation, partly inspired by Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands, and based on past successes.
I am using a box-to-box midfielder and a ball winning midfielder (defend). My main requisites for each of them is they can run all day, probably tackle, help the team, and are generally athletic. Chile and Juventus’ Arturo Vidal is the player I had in mind. I might even change the BWM role to a simple CM (defend) as, like I wrote earlier on, I want my midfielders to be ‘Jacks of all trades’.
AFTER the Ponferradina win, with cold anticipation, I decided to risk changing formation for the next match against Deportivo from a 3-5-2 to a 4-2-3-1 (one DM (BWMD) and one CM (BBM)). I wanted to test my idea of full backs as playmakers — maybe I should try five at the back — but the experiment didn’t go to plan. We went ahead but eventually lost 2-1 — it was unlucky though as both of their goals were spectacular freekicks.
I hoped reverting to the 3-5-2 would get us back to winning ways and it did. We next thrashed Alavés 5-2 with 31-year-old central midfielder, Abel, scoring two free kicks of his own. Freekick bug? I guess it reminds us of the value of skilled set piece takers.
WE MOVED on to face Eibar and Davila scored this outrageous goal. We took away a tidy 1-0 win dominating in the shots and possession department with our midfield making 87% of their passes although 48% pass completion for my defence was disappointing and unusual so I will look in to that.
Ulises Dávila is a Mexican attacking midfielder on loan from Chelsea. He must be our best player by far and will surely be integral to any success we might have this season. Ulises attributes:
Tactics and club philosophy notes
TWO athletic midfielders, one with more creative freedom; not sure if he’ll press much yet.
One defensive winger, one inside forward? Not sure how to best utilize wide men yet as can seem a waste of players.
Possibly use one in the Robbery role, one who helps out in defence and maybe comes in to midfield to create
an overload and dominate possession.
Full backs? IF using four defenders, possibly cautious full backs supporting the play almost like playmakers.
Playmaking full backs will help us keep possession and ensure we aren’t easy to counter.
Advanced playmaker/ enganche/ shadow striker: depending on formation, this player will have more creative freedom
than anyone except maybe the inside forward.
Box-to-box midfielder: has to have good natural fitness, stamina, work rate and team work. An hommage to Arturo
Vidal. The modern centre mid.
Ball winning midfielder: traditional role.
Defensive forward: trying to use players who play for the team, seems to be the way to win these days.