Tactical analysis of SuperCup
Aug. 17, 2018, 1:42 p.m.
Last Sunday Super Cup Final left another title for FC Barcelona getting its 13th Spanish Super Cup trophy becoming the Spanish club with most trophies.
Barça had control over the game during all the match with 68’8% of ball possession with a pass accuracy of 89% which allowed FC Barcelona to dominate all match despite starting losing early in the game.
In this post we are going to do a tactical analysis of FC Barcelona throughout all the game, with its returning 1-4-3-3 formation leaving behind the 1-4-4-2 strategy that Ernesto Valverde’s team used last season.
As we mentioned before, Barça started its attack from 1-4-3-3 formation, giving a lot of importance to the fact that its attacker midfielders went to receive the ball to have an easy way to start the attack from there. During the first half, with Arthur on that attacking position, Barça’s game was clocked because he positioned really close to Busquets and there was no fluency as in the second half when Rakitic and Coutinho started to play in that position.
Sevilla, on its part, gathered players on a defensive position using the 1-5-3-2 strategy, which left open spaces on the sides for Barça to attack from. The attacks from the sides were important together with the attack from the wing-backs looking for the getaways from the wings towards the sides winning the back of Sevilla’s wing-backs.
Barça kept its characteristic high pressure all around the field, something that brought them such great results during last season. The attacking trio of Dembélé-Suárez-Messi allowed a close pressure over the 3 Sevilla’s defenders, forcing them to play rashly with close passes and allowed to the second line of Barça to recover the ball and then forcing Sevilla to play with long passes in order to move forward.
As we have seen in previous videos Barça overshadowed completely Nervión’s team. The game plan from Sevilla surprised Barça’s coach Ernesto Valverde, who was expecting more pressure from Sevilla’s team. Instead he found a team retreated on their midfield.