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  1. Team Line-Ups Blackburn Rovers 01 Robinson 03 Olsson 04 Samba 05 Givet (Diouf 85) 27 Salgado 28 P Jones 02 J Jones — yellow card 07 Emerton — yellow card 08 Dunn (Rochina 63) 21 Benjani (Kalinic 71) 30 Roberts Substitutes 13 Bunn 31 Hanley 10 Formica 12 Pedersen 09 Kalinic 20 Rochina 41 Diouf Manchester City 25 Hart 04 Kompany 05 Zabaleta 13 Kolarov 19 Lescott 11 Johnson (Dzeko 72) 18 Barry — yellow card 21 Silva (Boyata 90) 34 De Jong — yellow card 42 Y Toure 45 Balotelli — yellow card (Vieira 83) Substitutes 12 Taylor 38 Boyata 07 Milner 08 Wright-Phillips 24 Vieira 10 Dzeko 27 Jo 1st Half Tactics Rovers started with a basic 4-4-2 formation: two banks of 4 and two central strikers. Man City started with an attacking 4-5-1 with the wide men pushed right up. The opening salvo saw Man City dominate possession and threaten our goal swiftly. Silva was without doubt their best player, hitting the post. Now when you view the highlights, they open on the aforementioned incident and from a Rovers perspective what we see isn’t great. The two players you see in the bottom right of your screen are the two players who should be busting a gut to get back and support the defence. It’s almost a full 10 seconds from the start of the move to when the ball is crossed in by City. The distance between 30-40 meters is easily made up in that time and is the main reason we struggled in the opening minutes. The City midfield, especially Silva, were very active and mobile, interchanging across the midfield. Because initially Rovers' midfield weren’t getting back in position quick enough, it meant players like Jones had to cover out wide as we see in the highlights. After about 10 to 15 minutes Rovers started to come back into the game more. This for me was down to getting those two banks of four — i.e., the defence and the midfield — back into position quickly and keeping that shape. The next change Rovers made was to split the front men and ask them to run the channels more, Roberts or Benjani were asked from the bench to drop in, one deep and one on the halfway line to give the midfield some support in defence. At this stage Rovers started to come back strong. The diagonal ball to the channel-running striker was being used frequently with success, forcing Kolarov and Zabaleta, who had initially been heavily involved in attack, to sit back a bit more. Kolarov's runs forward became fewer, meaning Silva was forced to stay mainly on the left, as Kolarov's runs forward meant he had licence to drift inside. Rovers started to play a more expansive game in possession from this point and started to threaten the City goal. Rovers started to play well at this point and Samba’s chance in the highlights shows Rovers looking to suck City across to one side before making the quick switch to the other flank, something that had been lacking in recent games, most notably Birmingham at home. But from a tactical perspective the pleasing thing to see is the manner of the switch. A pass out of trouble into space for a deep runner is a great way to switch the ball as your midfield can push forward taking theirs with them, creating space and time for a better ball to be played by the runner. The other advantage of this is that you get, and already have, bodies forward, especially if you’re looking to cross the ball for the header to come across the goal. This method helps cover our lack of pace in the middle but at the same time improves our forward threat. Rovers finished the half playing well and looking the most likely to score. 2nd Half Tactics No substitutions were made at half-time by either team and the second half began as the first ended with Rovers in the main sticking to being compact and rigid in defence and opening up in possession. One aspect that was nice from Rovers' play was that we started to get behind the City defence on a couple of occasions, mainly behind the full backs. Again this is another aspect some have highlighted as being lacking in Rovers' play at times. Given the opportunity it created, you can see why we need to build this back into our play. On 63 minutes Rovers substituted Dunn and brought on Rochina, switching from a standard 4-4-2 to a diamond with Jones sitting and Rochina in front of him in the hole. Man City started to come back into the game at this point with Silva yet again creating a long-range shooting opportunity. But although City started to get more of the ball and get into our final third because we were getting our wide men and midfielders back, we were able to pick everyone up and defend the penalty box. Kalinic came on for Benjani on 71 minutes, with City bringing on Dzeko, who joined Balotelli up front. Now as a little experiment we have produced a short animation of the City goal that gives a good perspective. The main concern from this from a Rovers viewpoint is the midfield. As we saw in the opening salvo, without us getting back into position City were able to create and threaten our goal. As you can see from both the highlights and the animation, our midfield has time to get back in and prevent the goal. At this stage City brought on Vieira, switching to a defensive 4-5-1, sitting back and looked to ride the game out. Rovers did the right thing in bringing on another striker and eventually pushing Samba forward, but to no avail. Boyata was brought on in the 90th minute by City looking to run the clock down and waste some time. Videos http://www.fasthighlights.com/video/blackburn-manchester-city-1585.htm http://www.insidesoccer.com/is-web/myanimation?id=254231 (Requires registering an account) View full article
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    Tactics Talk 2010/11: Rovers v Manchester United

    [caption id=attachment_2428" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Picture Courtesy cn174][/caption] Team Line-Ups Blackburn Rovers 01 Robinson 03 Olsson 04 Samba (Andrews 77) 05 Givet 27 Salgado — yellow card 28 P Jones 02 J Jones — yellow card (Dunn 73) 07 Emerton 15 Nzonzi — yellow card 23 Hoilett (Pedersen 58) 30 Roberts Substitutes 13 Bunn 08 Dunn 12 Pedersen 17 Andrews 09 Kalinic 18 Santa Cruz 21 Benjani Manchester United 29 Kuszczak 05 Ferdinand 15 Vidic 20 Fabio Da Silva (Scholes 62) 23 Evans 11 Giggs 16 Carrick 17 Nani (Berbatov 80) 25 Valencia 10 Rooney 14 Hernandez Substitutes 40 Amos 03 Evra 12 Smalling 08 Anderson 18 Scholes 07 Owen 09 Berbatov Match Context Both teams had reason to pick up points in this match. As we all know, United wanted a solitary point to win the league and similarly we needed one to reach 40 points. With neither team wishing to lose this match, it was always going to be a tentative affair. Team Form Rovers were coming into this match with 1 win, 3 draws and 2 defeats in their last 6, with United winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 1 in their last 6 matches. Form-wise Rovers were the underdogs, although United's away record is one of the worst ever for a team leading the league, with only 5 victories and 10 draws. 1st Half Tactics Rovers' tactics initially were not too dissimiliar to what we have seen in previous games. For me, Rovers started playing a 4-4-1-1 formation with Junior having licence to roam when we had the ball, and Rovers sitting back initially defending their own half and allowing United possession. This played straight into United's hands for me. The possession they had at the beginning on a different day would have seen us at least a goal down in the first 10. United's front men were being very clever in trying to draw our full-backs out of the defensive line to allow their wingers to attack the diagonal balls they were hitting into the space created. Rooney played a lovely ball to the back post early on that saw Hernandez drag Salgado out of position creating space for Nani to attack the ball and hit the bar. During the first 10 minutes or so United dominated as we were happy to sit deep and defend our own half, waiting. During this period Rovers kept at least 3 players central to protect the box and defend against balls in. By playing this way, regardless of the opposition's possession you always make it hard to break you down, and Rovers have played like this the last few games and it's worked well. Rovers started to come back into the game after the first 10 minutes or so, with Junior being United's main antagonist. Rovers started to take advantage of United pushing forward and, like them, we started to look to exploit the full-backs. One such ball resulted in a corner from which Junior ended up driving into the box before laying the ball off to Samba, who decided to shoot for the moon and miss. Rovers, like United, started to exploit the full-backs, with Rovers looking to get Junior running at United from any position and United looking to exploit Salgado's lack of height at the back post. United were very happy trying to draw out Rovers from defending the penalty box by playing keep ball, but frustrations started to set in and mistakes transpired that Rovers were able to take advantage of. Rovers created two good chances: one which was converted by Samba and I'm still not convinced should have been disallowed and one from Roberts that was getting close. But one thing became evident at this stage of the game and that was that Kuszczak needed a nappy. This for me was an aspect we never really fully exposed, especially at set-pieces. Anyway Rovers really started to come back into the game at this stage with young Junior looking to run at United and the reward came shortly. Junior got his head up and saw the pass to Olsson in space, who played a lovely chipped ball in for Emerton to finish the move off. 1-0 Rovers. United's reaction to this was to drop deeper and protect their goal. We had enjoyed the lion's share of the last 10, Kuszczak was all over the place, and they needed to consolidate, muster the troops and get organised. Rovers had the luxury at this stage of seeing the majority of the ball and really we didn't act as we should have. We scored on 20 minutes and, given Kuszczak's display, the box should have been bombarded; for me, this was a missed opportunity to kill off United, one that we passed over... Half-Time Chin Wags United Well, I think it's fairly evident what happened in the United dressing room and whilst I doubt Fergie got his hairdryer out, harsh words will definitely have been said. Rovers "Same again, lads" would have been the words from me, but with an emphasis on avoiding thinking the job was done and ensuring the same was required again. 2nd Half Tactics No substitutions were made at half-time by either team. I thought Rovers started in sloppy fashion and were giving away possession far too cheaply. If there's one thing you don't want to let United do, it's hit you on the break. Counter-attacking is Fergie's speciality and, given the pace and quality they have, sloppy possession give-aways were always going to be our Achilles heel. Jermaine Jones was really starting to show his worth in the second half, covering brilliantly at times to ensure the counter broke down quickly. But despite all of the possession it was Olsson who almost made the game ours. Rovers have started trying to catch out teams' full-backs recently with diagonal balls behind and above the opposition full-back and again it almost paid off. Emerton's crossed ball evaded Valencia as we gave United a taste of their own medicine, with Olsson managing to hit the post. This is one tactic that if we are to persist in playing pacey wingers, we have to improve, as it will create chances. After this, United started to come back into the game. It gave them the kick up the backside they needed and disaster struck shortly. Was it a pen? Yes, for me it is and a needless one, as all Robbo needed to do was come out and block the shot, Hernandez was going to have to do something special to force the ball in in that situation. 1-1. From this point forward we were treated to exhibition football. Both teams had the result they needed and so it seemed to me the best thing to do. Yes, it's not ideal to watch, but it gets us what we need and that's 40 points. I would have done the same. Match Summary Rovers started yet again sitting deep, defending the box and letting the opposition play à la Man City. For me, this is a dangerous game, especially at home, as conceding in the first 10-15 means it's a long road back. Rovers' new tactic of finally using the pace we have in the squad is working well, full-backs are being exploited and we are creating clearer chances in open play at present. However, Rovers need to get their players making better choices in the final third and looking for the best goal-scoring option, as at present our players seem to get a rush of blood and just shoot. But for me the main reason we didn't win was the second-half start. It's been our Achilles heel all season and whatever is being said at half-time it's not working. We don't play well in the second half and again our sloppiness starts to show when we are on top. Half-times need to be sorted at Rovers swiftly.
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    Tactics Talk 2010/11: Rovers v Manchester City

    Team Line-Ups Blackburn Rovers 01 Robinson 03 Olsson 04 Samba 05 Givet (Diouf 85) 27 Salgado 28 P Jones 02 J Jones — yellow card 07 Emerton — yellow card 08 Dunn (Rochina 63) 21 Benjani (Kalinic 71) 30 Roberts Substitutes 13 Bunn 31 Hanley 10 Formica 12 Pedersen 09 Kalinic 20 Rochina 41 Diouf Manchester City 25 Hart 04 Kompany 05 Zabaleta 13 Kolarov 19 Lescott 11 Johnson (Dzeko 72) 18 Barry — yellow card 21 Silva (Boyata 90) 34 De Jong — yellow card 42 Y Toure 45 Balotelli — yellow card (Vieira 83) Substitutes 12 Taylor 38 Boyata 07 Milner 08 Wright-Phillips 24 Vieira 10 Dzeko 27 Jo 1st Half Tactics Rovers started with a basic 4-4-2 formation: two banks of 4 and two central strikers. Man City started with an attacking 4-5-1 with the wide men pushed right up. The opening salvo saw Man City dominate possession and threaten our goal swiftly. Silva was without doubt their best player, hitting the post. Now when you view the highlights, they open on the aforementioned incident and from a Rovers perspective what we see isn’t great. The two players you see in the bottom right of your screen are the two players who should be busting a gut to get back and support the defence. It’s almost a full 10 seconds from the start of the move to when the ball is crossed in by City. The distance between 30-40 meters is easily made up in that time and is the main reason we struggled in the opening minutes. The City midfield, especially Silva, were very active and mobile, interchanging across the midfield. Because initially Rovers' midfield weren’t getting back in position quick enough, it meant players like Jones had to cover out wide as we see in the highlights. After about 10 to 15 minutes Rovers started to come back into the game more. This for me was down to getting those two banks of four — i.e., the defence and the midfield — back into position quickly and keeping that shape. The next change Rovers made was to split the front men and ask them to run the channels more, Roberts or Benjani were asked from the bench to drop in, one deep and one on the halfway line to give the midfield some support in defence. At this stage Rovers started to come back strong. The diagonal ball to the channel-running striker was being used frequently with success, forcing Kolarov and Zabaleta, who had initially been heavily involved in attack, to sit back a bit more. Kolarov's runs forward became fewer, meaning Silva was forced to stay mainly on the left, as Kolarov's runs forward meant he had licence to drift inside. Rovers started to play a more expansive game in possession from this point and started to threaten the City goal. Rovers started to play well at this point and Samba’s chance in the highlights shows Rovers looking to suck City across to one side before making the quick switch to the other flank, something that had been lacking in recent games, most notably Birmingham at home. But from a tactical perspective the pleasing thing to see is the manner of the switch. A pass out of trouble into space for a deep runner is a great way to switch the ball as your midfield can push forward taking theirs with them, creating space and time for a better ball to be played by the runner. The other advantage of this is that you get, and already have, bodies forward, especially if you’re looking to cross the ball for the header to come across the goal. This method helps cover our lack of pace in the middle but at the same time improves our forward threat. Rovers finished the half playing well and looking the most likely to score. 2nd Half Tactics No substitutions were made at half-time by either team and the second half began as the first ended with Rovers in the main sticking to being compact and rigid in defence and opening up in possession. One aspect that was nice from Rovers' play was that we started to get behind the City defence on a couple of occasions, mainly behind the full backs. Again this is another aspect some have highlighted as being lacking in Rovers' play at times. Given the opportunity it created, you can see why we need to build this back into our play. On 63 minutes Rovers substituted Dunn and brought on Rochina, switching from a standard 4-4-2 to a diamond with Jones sitting and Rochina in front of him in the hole. Man City started to come back into the game at this point with Silva yet again creating a long-range shooting opportunity. But although City started to get more of the ball and get into our final third because we were getting our wide men and midfielders back, we were able to pick everyone up and defend the penalty box. Kalinic came on for Benjani on 71 minutes, with City bringing on Dzeko, who joined Balotelli up front. Now as a little experiment we have produced a short animation of the City goal that gives a good perspective. The main concern from this from a Rovers viewpoint is the midfield. As we saw in the opening salvo, without us getting back into position City were able to create and threaten our goal. As you can see from both the highlights and the animation, our midfield has time to get back in and prevent the goal. At this stage City brought on Vieira, switching to a defensive 4-5-1, sitting back and looked to ride the game out. Rovers did the right thing in bringing on another striker and eventually pushing Samba forward, but to no avail. Boyata was brought on in the 90th minute by City looking to run the clock down and waste some time. Videos http://www.fasthighlights.com/video/blackburn-manchester-city-1585.htm http://www.insidesoccer.com/is-web/myanimation?id=254231 (Requires registering an account)
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