Brazil – Bolivia: Bolivia Roll Over As Brazil Dominate Copa América Opener (3-0)
Tite’s tactical tweaks and a moment of brilliance decided the first game of the Copa América for Brazil. Following a solid defensive start from the visitors, the second half began terribly as they conceded two goals in quick succession. Brazil’s buildup was to be admired though, as Fernandinho’s intelligent movement would give space in the middle of the pitch.
Tactical analysis and match report by Tom Quartly.
The Copa América is finally upon us and, as expected in our preview, Tite opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation; this shape has become a staple of twenty-first century Brazilian football and used all across the nation at club level. Alisson started in goal, the perennial Thiago Silva and Marquinhos protecting him. Dani Alves and Filipe Luís were fielded in the fullback positions whilst Fernandinho and Casemiro operated as a double pivot, 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. allowing Phillippe Coutinho to play in his favored number ten role, roaming Zone 14 Zone 14 is a coaching term that refers to the part of the pitch just in front of the opponent’s box. Completing passes in this area of the pitch is a sign of territorial dominance and is usually associated with a good performance. in an attempt to carve out opportunities or strike at goal.
David Neres filled in the position of left winger - sadly vacant because of Neymar’s injury - whilst Richarlison started the game on the right . . .