The last round of this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage brought us an “Orthodox brothers” duel between Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade, whose fans are in a really good and close relationship. Although the game was interwoven with the fandom note of cheering from the stands, it meant the world for both of the teams as the winner would secure the third spot and would go to the Europa League, as the hosts did at the end by winning it 1-0
Vladan Milojević’s men had their chances and were in a better position before the match as they needed just not to lose if they wanted to participate in the “European spring”, but they didn’t manage to save their net and ended losing all hopes. This tactical analysis will show you how the home team got better of their “brothers” using their tactics in this highly physical duel.
Pedro Martins went into the game with his 4-3-3 formation with his side being forced to play it in a possessional manner. His main catalysts were the midfield trio made of Guilherme, Andreas Bouchalackis and Mady Camara who controlled the central zone of the field and were the key for their creation. Daniel Podence and Giorgos Masouras provided the single striker Youssef el-Arabi with support and were the attacking force of their side along with him.
The away team’s coach set his team in their usual 4-2-3-1 tactics with a clear defensive attitude they nurtured throughout the whole season. They relied mostly on their tight block that went through a lot of transformations with youngster Njegoš Petrović and Mirko Ivanić in control of it in the midfield. Marko Marin was once again their string between the offence and defence and the guy who caused most problems for the opposition.
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