Granada – Sevilla: In A Close Game, Joan Jordan Leads Sevilla Through A Tough Granada Press (0-1)

In a fun game between two Andalusian teams, Granada dominated the first half through their intense and well-organized pressing game, which disrupted Sevilla’s buildup attempts. In the second half, as Granada tired out from the pressing, Sevilla were allowed to pass the ball around more easily, as they started to exploit the spaces behind Granada’s midfield, all led by an outstanding Joan Jordán.

Tactical analysis and match report by José Pérez.

Considering their tactics and recruitment over the summer, Granada seem well prepared to fight for their place in LaLiga this year. As expected from a newly promoted team, Granada renewed their squad with more (and more experienced) talent. In defense, Domingos Duarte (signed from Sporting CP) will become the team’s new defensive leader. In midfield, Yan Brice Eteki (Sevilla) and Yángel Herrera (Manchester City) will fight for a spot in the 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’. while the club managed to buy last season’s loanee Fede Vico (Leganés). Up front, Darwin Machís (Udinese) reinforces the winger positions while a veteran Roberto Soldado (Fenerbahçe) will become the focal point of Granada’s attack. 

Despite starting LaLiga with a spectacular 4-4 draw against Villarreal, Granada have actually been characterized by being a tough, well-organized defense that is utterly painful to play against. Young coach Diego Martínez usually lines up his men in 4-2-3-1 shape on the ball, which takes on a 4-4-2 shape for defense and pressing. Granada are flexible in their attacking mechanisms: the . . .

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Jose Perez (27) writes and talks about anything football-related: players, tactics, analytics, the relationship between football and society. Whenever he is not working on high-power lasers, he tries to keep up with all big five European leagues, but focuses particularly on La Liga. Outside of Between the Posts, you can find him arguing with people and posting analyses on Twitter or answering questions on Quora. [ View all posts ]

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