How to beat Russia

June 29, 2018, 1:28 p.m.

How to beat Russia

Before the Russian National Team faces Spain in the Round of 16, we have decided to do a tactical video-analysis of the host. Russia started out this World Cup brilliantly, scoring 8 goals in the first two matches and only receiving one. In their last game, Russia’s tactical team rotated their players to avoid possible yellow cards that would have kept some members of the first team from playing the quarterfinals against Spain next Sunday at 4:00 pm.
The list of the players summoned by Stanislav Cherchesov didn’t bring anything new. We could perhaps mention the presence of Ignasevich, who has gone from having no team to playing the World Cup.
One of the most outstanding players in the Russian National team is Alexander Golovin, providing Russia with creativity and favorable options in attack.

DEFENSIVE PHASE
Russia displays a 1-4-4-2 folded in their midfield with the line of midfielders close to the centrals, leaving open spaces between midfielders and forwards. It will be important for the midfielders to run the ball towards the two forwards to make space for the teammates playing at the forwards’ back.

- A way of creating danger would be placing a midfielder on the wing, on the side of the two strikers. This would allow to overcome the pressure and have superiority with 3 against 2 with the midfielders, thus taking the Russian winger to the inside and leaving an exit on the side.

- It is also possible to create spaces placing the central forward in between lines, near the midfielder, to open a space the striker could take advantage of.

OFFENSIVE PHASE
In attack, Rusia hasn’t risked much and has played vertically with great results.
- The first thing to consider is Golovin’s mobility, moving to the wings on the winger’s back to show his quality in conducting the ball or pass it to Dzyuba to try a headed goal.

- They look for the vertical game with Dzyuba, a stocky forward who’s is 1.94 meters tall. Most likely, he will place himself near the wings to jump against Spanish wingers, due to the differences in size. In that moment it is important that midfielders watch over the second lines.

- Wingers are used to coming from the inside with deep passes, looking to take advantage of the spaces left between centrals and the wings.

We can see that the National Team displays a very clear approach to fight in this World Cup. This, together with their will to get to the next phase promises good results for Spain.
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