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FC CHELSEA : Scout Report (5x5 METHOD by Branko Nikovski)

  1. 1. REPORT - OBSERVATION OF THE OPPOSING TEAM : FC CHELSEA by Branko Nikovski (the creator of the method 5x5)
  2. 2. THE SQUAD OF FC CHELSEA 2013/14 COACH : Josè Mourinho
  3. 3. GENERAL : *System of play: 4-2-3-1 evolutive (with the three attacking midfielders, who often inter-change positions). In some cases it can be seen also Ramires as right Attacking Midfield , that is a variation of coverage. They also use 4-3-3, but rarely. The 4-3-3 is used during the game, when they are winning and want to control the game, but also when they play against teams of high technical quality. *Players are very technical, good in possession and in the construction of the action, but deadly on the counterattack. The front four are very fast and very good at finishing. *They use a pressure zone mixed: really high against small teams (the positioning of the lateral attacking midfielders is essential), high against the top teams ( blocking the opponent defensive midfielders). Always short and very good team who reorganize itself in short periods. There are very good in the air game (Matic, Ramires , Lampard, Terry, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahil) and they almost always win. * Especially during Offensive Phase, they use a very direct style of play creating opportunities after a couple of passes (3-4) or playing long balls straight to the striker or to the attacking midfielders. Thanks to the pre- game preparation of Mourinho, they know exactly where the weaknesses of the opponent and hit them. *When they build from the back, the defenders do not make dangerous passages to the defensive midfielders if they are pressured by the adversary. They prefer a more secure way of building, playing long balls for the striker or the lateral attacking midfielders. *The striker and the central attacking midfielder are very good at creating and looking for the empty spaces, specially in the wing. The lateral attacking midfielders are very good in 1v1, always ready to shoot (when they centralize), very prepare for diagonal insertions and good for a cross.
  4. 4. * The team maintains the balance and cohesion for all the time during the attack in the offensive phase. This helps to predict the eventual loss of the ball, a short defensive transition and recuperation of the ball. *The key players for the balance are Lampard and Matic, thanks to their enormous capacity to read the tactical situations and the appropriate placement in these situations. Even in the defensive phase, are a key factor: providing help to full-back, cover the outputs of the central defender, cover the wing.
  5. 5. OFFENSIVE PHASE : - In zone 1, Cech has two options : 1) passes the ball to the central defenders, Matic / Lampard drops to receive it and set up the game and move into the ZONE 2. 2) lateral long ball (right side) in Zone 3, often for the striker, or for the very large and high-B.Ivanovic (to take advantage of his skill in the air game). The objective is to pass diagonally to the attacking midfielders in Zone 4, or pass it back to the defensive midfielders. -In ZONE 2 have a line of 4 players: high full-backs and two defensive midfielders. They move the ball quickly, and when the wing steps down to receive the ball (creating space for the insertion of the full- back) they throw a log ball to the fullback in the ZONE 3. They also make the filtering passes for the central attacking midfielder or the striker, but this depends on the positioning of the opponents. -In ZONE 3, the central attacking midfielder is the key factor. His movements horizontal / diagonal on the flanks create numerical superiority (very good technically). This phase contains the actions that take place to create numerical superiority, specially t on the wings, but also centrally (with wings centralized). This phase also contains long passages on the opposite''s weak side. - In ZONE 4, very well take advantage of the opportunities they create. The attacking midfielders are very good in 1v1, making excellent crosses and very accurate for long shots. The striker is a bit rapacious, very good in the air, agile, fast, but also strong in the movement without the ball (to open spaces for his teammates).
  6. 6. SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF PHASE OFFENSIVE - When the wing is centralized, the fullback is wide. But when the wing is wide, the back stays back to cover. - Ramires runs a lot, doing the incontrista, but in attack goes very often, taking advantage of the spaces that create the wings and the striker. - If the defensive midfielders are suffering in the setting of the game, the playmaker steps down to help. So they turn in a classic 4-3-3. - Matic often remains in line with the central defenders. But he is the defensive playmaker that organizes the action. On the left wing creating a rhomboid very strong technically (Matic, Azpilicueta, Hazard and Oscar or with Matic, Azpilicueta, Hazard and Ramires ) with various attack schemes to open the defense. -The three attacking midfielders often swap positions (very good in tight spaces), for not giving a reference point to the opponents. But even when the striker expands on the wing, attacking midfielder attacks the central space and the median is inserted from behind. If they play with Lampard and Ramires together ,they insert into attack one at a time. The other is covering. - Hazzard, Oscar, Wilian are very good at filtering passes and create fast action. Often center around creating a numerical superiority centrally and fullbacks provide width on the flanks. -The opposite wing often moves to the opposite flank where the ball is, to assist in the possession of the ball. So they create a huge numerical superiority on the flank (three of them + the Fullback + the striker + the median). -With centralized wings (which make diagonal movements / vertical, thanks to the dynamism of the striker), Matic / Lampard often makes the vertical, but also a diagonal pass on the wings where there are the fullbacks. -Often the striker makes final passage for the wings centralized.
  7. 7. -The attacking midfielder, in some cases plays as a second striker, in other cases as a playmaker classic between the lines, after you see him on the halfway line to set up the game. A versatile player (Oscar, Wilian). -If attacking midfielder has space in front of him, try immediately to find the striker (which goes in depth), but also a diagonal pass to the centralized wing (which makes a cut). When the striker steps down to receive the ball, the action takes place very quickly: 1) with a passage for the median (which gives immediately a diagonal passes to the wings) 2) Diagonal pass on the flanks, for the wings 3) pass to attacking midfielder (centrally) The striker plays the limit of offside, between the two opposing central defenders . The the fullbacks _ _are crossing strong balls in the penalty area. The striker attacks the far post, the opposite wing centrally ,and the attacking midfielder the first post. Ramires very often is inserted from behind. Construction of the game, starting from zone 1 (Cech) the Insertions of Ramires
  8. 8. The fundamental rhomboids for the construction of the game The inclusion of the fullback in Zone 3 and pass to the attacking midfielder When the striker steps down to receiving the ball in Zone 3 and eventual passes When the striker expands on the flank The crosses from the fullbacks
  9. 9. The displacement of the wing on the opposite flank to create enormous numerical superiority A pass between the lines for the attacking midfielder and his murderous passes The centralization of the wings, the width of the the fullbacks , and the three options that the median has available
  10. 10. The long balls for Ivanovic The launches vertical / a diagonal for the striker and for the wings from Zone 2 in Zone 3-4
  11. 11. The positioning of Matic to set up the game
  12. 12. The Insertions vertical / diagonal of the wing
  13. 13. The insertions of Ramires The play of the striker between the opponent central defensers to the limit of offside.
  14. 14. 4-3-3
  15. 15. OFFENSIVE TRANSITION: The strongest weapon of this team. Having players like Torres. Eto'o, Hazard, Wilian, Oscar, Schurrle, Ramires that could esplolare the free space and create passes of quality means that the team is a ''perfect car'''' in counter-attacks. ZONE 1: very good on the counterattacks, especially after a set piece against. If are playing against big teams always use them (many opponents in attack). Things change a bit set piece against small teams, because the opponent attacks with a short number of men. -ZONE 2 and 3: when they win the ball (often Ramires steals it, or Ivanovich), the transition takes place in three ways: 1) long diagonal ball to the wings 2)Filtred ball for the striker 3) Passing to the attacking midfielder, enlargement of a wing, and the other wing cut and the striker expands (movement X). More central insertion of the median (often by Ramires ). -In some cases, Hazard is not taking part in the defensive phase (covered by Matic) staying high to take advantage of the free space. Often creating situations 4vs4 against the opposing defense. - In many instances the 4 front guide the transition alone, more in some cases the insertion of Ramires . The offensive transition in Zone 2/3 and the movement X
  16. 16. Offensive transition : Diagonal ball for the wing
  17. 17. 4vs4 in offensive transition
  18. 18. DEFENSIVE PHASE: It turns into a 4-4-2 formation, with the attacking midfielder playing very close to the striker. Always shorts creating density. A team that hardly suffers against small teams, because they are a very well balanced team defensively. - They apply a high collective zonal pressing. The defenders tightly marking opposing forwards, to limit their time and space. Following them until the ZONE 3. Defenders are very fast, strong and effective in duels. The good collaboration with the medians and the wings is very important for balance, because when the defenders follow their opponents in the high areas, the companions offer adequate coverage. -The defenders, do not risk high defensive line on discovered balls. Do not use the offside trap, but follow closely the opponent. -They also have a wellstructured coverage physically in front of the defense (Matic and Ramires ). -Matic is the 5-th defender. Covers centrally when a defender moves on the flank, covering the wing when it is high, moves the right side when Ramires is inserted in the attack, to cover the Ramires position. -The medians are very good tactically during this phase of providing pressure support on the ball carrier opponent. This means that very quickly recapture the ball, dominating the opponent. -Very good in air game (4 defenders + the medians) - Effective pressing. All players work collectively to an effective pressure. The wings play a fundamental role in the high pressure zone. Their placement also affects the positioning of the medians. - The striker always attacks the central defenders When the wing attacks the opponent central defender , the striker covers the space between the two central defenders. If an opponent midfield steps down to receive the ball , the attacking midfielder immediately mark him , to block him the space and time to turn.
  19. 19. Two types of positioning of the wings : 1. Marking very near the opponent fullback but also follow the ball. In this case, the medians take care for their rivals and the team remains in balance. They play well against teams with the highest quality for building from the back. 2.On the line of passage between the central defender and fullback opponent. This positioning allows him to press the central defender and at the same time cover the pass line for the fullback. The median provides cover behind the wing (Ramires and Matic very good). They play so when the fullbacks are high and when Chelsea wants to use a pressure ultra offensive. Often used against teams with low technical quality during construction). -The positioning of the wings is not interdependent. One can mark the fullback and the other to press the opponent central defender . or vice versa. In some cases it happens that all two are positioned equally. -Against the top teams : the striker and the attacking midfielder are marking the opponent midfielders , leaving the defenders to set up the game. THE POSITIONING OF THE WINGS DURING THE HIGH PRESSING IN ZONE
  20. 20. compact and short squad
  21. 21. The position of Matic (the 5-th defender)
  22. 22. Good air game and the tight marking on the opponent striker/s
  23. 23. High effective pressing in Zone The possition of the wing during the high pressing in Zone. Pressing on the ball carier.
  24. 24. Tight marking on the oppponent midfielders for bloccking their game set up from the back
  25. 25. NEGATIVE TRANSITION : -They are very short, and after 8-10 seconds you see them all behind the line of the ball. During the negative transition, immediately applying a pressure on the ball carrier opponent. To succeed at this stage of , the team must remain compact, balanced and need a player (Mourinho called him'' the safety player'') located in an appropriate position to apply pressure on the ball. The security man, usually is in a position to support the Chelsea's ball carrier behind . Thus, it offers a chance to step back or pressure immediately if the ball is lost. -Matic is the'' safety'' player for Chelsea. Very good to read fast tactical situations. His positioning and defensive skills help the team to regain possession of the ball immediately after the loss. We can say that is the key player for the balance of the team. - Behind remain at least four players, in some cases, five (if there is an insertion in the middle attack or a fullback wide). -When they lose the ball in Zone 3, the medians attack the ball carrier (often making a tactical foul), the defenders tightly mark the opposing strikers. The wings quickly back on the flanks and the attacking midfielder attacks the ball carrier from behind. -When Ramires is insert in attack, Matic moves right in the center to cover the area left by Ramires.
  26. 26. Negative Transition and immediate attachment on the ball carrier
  27. 27. SET PIECES : AGAIN CORNER : mixed marking One player defends the near post, another player _ mark the zone infront of the goalkeeper. The 4 defenders striker (or Matic) applying a man marking . Two players remain outside the penalty for the eventual counter-attack (fast players), and Hazard remains forward.
  28. 28. LATERAL FREE KICKS : zonal marking 1-2 in the barrier (do not jump). 6-7 players positioned in horizontal line applying a zonal marking . Two players remain ahead for possible counter-attack. CENTRAL FREE KICKS : zonal marking 3-4 players in the barrier. Other 5 players applying a zonal marking (positioned in horizontal line). One remains forward for possible counter- attack.
  29. 29. SET PIECES : FOR CORNER : soft and mixed Ivanovic, Cahil, Terry and the striker are very close (to get rid of the marks), another player disturbs the goalkeeper. If Matic play,he takes the place of the striker. Often Oscar is approaching for a short corner option. Azpilicueta and Ramires are left behind. Ivanovic attacks the near post, Torres / Matic the second . Cahil and Terry remain close attacking centrally. Hazard remains outside the penalty area.
  30. 30. CENTRAL FREE KICK : shot on goal They shot almost always (Lampard, Oscar, Luiz, Willian). Two Chelsea players go to disrupt the opposing wall. Ramires and Azpilicueta remain behind. LATERAL FRE KICK : mixed They attack with 4-5 players. Ivanovic often attacks the far post, the others follow the movement of the ball. Ramires and Azpilicueta remain behind.
  31. 31. OTHER SPECIFICATION: THE SUBSTITUTIONS: -The substitutions often make the difference. Entering a striker and a 'fresh wing with extraordinary speed and acceleration, to exploit the opponent's fatigue. The third median comes only when they win and they want control the game. When they lose, it enters another striker and Ivanovic remains in attack for eventual cross. IN 10 MEN: -They turn into 4-4-1, defending very compact and tight. In attack do not risk a building game from behind, but playing long balls for the striker. The offensive transition helps them to win even when they are in 10 men. But if the offen.transition is not effective, the opponent offensive transition can'' kill them''.