Real Sociedad – Celta de Vigo: Excellent pressing and defensive organization yields three points for Sociedad (2-1)
Real Sociedad won their first home match of the season scoring two goals against a passive Celta defense. Sociedad were strong in their pressing and prevented Celta from playing through the midfield, while constantly posing a threat on the flanks which Celta were not able to deal with.
Tactical analysis by Chris Baker.
Real Sociedad’s manager Asier Garitano made three changes to his starting eleven with Juanmi, David Zurutuza and Joseba Zaldúa replacing the suspended Asier Illarramendi and injured Aritz Elustondo with Andoni Gorosabel dropping to the bench. Sociedad deployed a 4-4-2 formation against the ball, sometimes transferring to a 4-3-1-2 shape depending on the opposing teams movements.
In his first game in charge as Celta de Vigo’s manager, Miguel Cardoso made a string of changes from the previous 4-2 loss to Real Madrid. Kevin was one of many changes, making his debut at right-back. Elsewhere, the bigger surprise was Maxi Gómez on the bench in place of Andrew Hjulsager.
Celta’s approach in possession
For the entirety of the match, Celta de Vigo enjoyed several lengthy spells of possession, although they struggled to make this effective, attacking in a 3-5-1-1 shape. Midfielder Okay Yokuslu often dropped into the defensive line creating a back three, whilst the fullbacks moved up to the midfield line, allowing Celta to stabilise their build-up and circulate the ball, having a three-versus-two advantage.
Real Sociedad’s 4-4-2 press versus Celta de Vigo’s build-up
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