Red Star Belgrade has done it again – they’ve made their comeback into the UEFA Champions League after getting the better of Switzerland’s Young Boys on aggregate in their playoff fixtures. The second match between them ended in a draw like the first one did, but the Serbs passed into the group stage because of the away-goal rule.
Serbian champions managed to protect the positive 2-2 result they secured in the first leg with their good defensive tactics and lead them to one more season with Europe’s elite. This tactical analysis will show you how the Red and Whites secured the chance to compete with the best teams in Europe constraining the Swiss to play in the way they planned beforehand.
Vladan Milojević set his team in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation with a few reinforcements compared to the match in Bern. Dušan Jovančić started the game instead of Mirko Ivanić, and was the key man in controlling the midfield, while Nemanja Milunović replaced Radovan Pankov at centre-back. Their attacks were once again orchestrated by Marko Marin, who had the support of Aleksa Vukanović on one flank, and Mateo García on the other.