Krasnodar and Porto clashed in what was set up as a dynamic, energetic matchup between two sides desperate to play Champions League football. Krasnodar couldn’t have hoped for a harder draw in these UEFA Champions League qualifiers, with Porto knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Liverpool. Krasnodar’s style of play in the Europa League last season had however caught the eye, and Porto seemed well prepared for the task ahead, as I will get onto in this analysis. This tactical analysis will look at the tactical trends in Porto’s 1-0 victory in Russia and explain Porto’s struggles despite a positive result.
Krasnodar showcased their new signings once again, with the surprise inclusion of Marcus Berg, who had little impact on the game. Both teams lined up in largely similar shapes, with Krasnodar fluctuating between a 4-3-3 and the 4-4-1-1 seen below. Porto stuck to a 4-4-2, which on the surface looked as though would be used to combat Krasnodar’s man orientated press, however, Porto’s shape in build-up changed and was extremely interesting.
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