After the 2-0 win in Belgrade, Red Star Belgrade went to Finland for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers second round against HJK Helsinki. The Serbian team was the favourite in this duel, but struggled to perform on their highest level so they lost the game 2-1, but managed to pass through the next round due to the result from the first match.

Even though they won on the home turf, Toni Koskela’s boys weren’t good enough to overpower their rivals in altogether, so the Red and Whites succeeded in their intention to come closer to the group stage of the prestigious competition.

This tactical analysis will show you how Vladan Milojević’s men climbed to the third stage of the qualifiers although they didn’t play the way they accustomed us to.


UEFA Champions League 2019/20: HJK Helsinki vs Red Star Belgrade – tactical analysis tactics
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HJK set their tactics in the 4-3-3 formation, that transformed to 4-2-3-1 with focus on the possessional play and movements in the final third of the pitch. The main attacking threats in the team were Riku Riski and Evans Mensah who played as wingers, with the support of Sebastian Dahlstrom who was the most offensive midfielder in their lineup.

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Total Football Analysis Magazine #11: July 2019 - tactical analysis tactics
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