Tactical analysis Stade Rennais - Real Betis 3-3 Europa League

Stade Rennais – Real Betis: Clash Of Styles Surprisingly Features Lots Of Goals (3-3)

In a game wherein Betis had seventy-five percent ball possession, Rennes took an early lead, largely thanks to maestro Hatem Ben Arfa. The balance shifted towards Betis however, in no small part due to the Rennes’ own tactical mistakes. The second half was a true besiegement of Rennes’ goal, and when the dust had settled, both teams had scored three goals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.

The Europa League has been the podium for some genuinely captivating knockout ties throughout the years. The fact that thirty-two teams make it to the knockouts, means a whopping total of sixteen ties are be played. Chances are at least some of these will offer a good show, right?

Manager Julien Stéphan took over from Sabri Lamouchi in early December. One could call his system a 4-2-3-1 formation as it features a number ten in Hatem Ben Arfa, two genuine wingers in Ismaïla Sarr and M’Baye Niang, two holding midfielders in Clément Grenier and Benjamin André, four defenders and a striker. In this match however, Rennes were defending more often than not, so we could also call them a 4-4-2 team. Without the ball, the wingers drop into midfield and Ben Arfa plays alongside striker Adrien Hunou, as the shape becomes a traditional 4-4-2.

As of this season, Betis manager Quique Setién has switched from a formation with two central defenders to three. This means Betis play in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with Joaquín at right back, William Carvalho and Andrés Guardado in a double pivot. 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring . . .

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Erik Elias (25) is co-founder and Head Editor of Between the Posts. Dutch, so admires Johan Cruijff and his football principles, but enjoys writing about other styles too. After six years of coaching youth football in the Netherlands, it's now time to focus on journalism. Communication student, graduating this year. Anchor of ‘De Voetbalpodcast', weekly Dutch football podcast. [ View all posts ]

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