US Sassuolo – Empoli FC: One half of good football enough for Sassuolo against Empoli’s 4-3-1-2 (3-1)

Empoli scored after eighteen seconds and managed to press Sassuolo effectively for the entire first half, but came up short nonetheless. Despite their good pressing, Empoli lacked an effective method of defending on their own half. A decent second half by Sassuolo sealed the deal.

Sassuolo came into this game having had a fairly good Serie A start. They stood firm in the top half with seven points from four matches – with their only loss coming against Juventus. Manager Roberto de Zerbi favours a style that includes short passing and long spells of possession. Against Empoli, he opted for a . . .

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Erik Elias (24) 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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