Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

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Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

Without a doubt, there was luck in this game. It is foolish to argue with the fact that the sensational victory of “Sheriff” in Madrid was achieved due to coincidence, such matches do not happen often. </ span>

Statistical indicators not only emphasize the dominance of Real and the uniqueness of Sheriff’s victory in such a scenario, but generally look humiliating in relation to the team of Yuri Vernidub.

Expected xG Goals: 2.85 – 0.33;
Expected goals excluding penalties NPxG: 2.09 – 0.33;
Expected danger from xThreat transmissions: 2.54 – 0.47;
Obvious scoring chances (Opa): 3 – 1;
Strikes: 31 – 4;
Shots from outside the box: 18 – 2;
Deep passes deep completions: 22 – 0;
Deep completions + crosses: 27 – 1;
Ball possession: 75% – 25%;
Penalty touches: 78 – 7;
Probability of winning: 93% – 1%.

* Data from the telegram channel “Football in Figures”. < / i>

That is, “Sheriff” was lucky to score two goals after four hits, and Real’s possession, with complete dominance, was not at all sterile. 18 shots from within the penalty area, 78 touches in the penalty area, 22 accurate passes into dangerous zones are quite sufficient arguments for the final victory. </ span >

But now I don’t want to talk about luck – with him, everything is more or less clear. There is a great desire to praise Sheriff for the organization of the game and the strategy in this match. Yuri Vernidub’s team chose not so much an outsider approach as it might seem to people who saw only the final score or the above figures. And personally, it was interesting for me to watch Sheriff in this game.

1. “Sheriff” did not abandon its structure and did not defend itself with an open “bus”

What do underdog clubs often do when they come to visit a powerful rival and want to play “for the result”? Give up their system and park something defensive. For example, they can go to a low block and 5-4-1 or 5-3-2. We have often seen this on the example of Russian clubs.

What did the Sheriff do? He set up his basic structure 4-2-3-1. And from the game in the first half it was noticeable that Vernidub’s team was not going to sit very low. She defended mainly in the middle block, the space behind her backs was observed, the key task was to saturate the center and direct Real Madrid’s attacks to the flanks.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

In some situations – not very often, but still -“ Sheriff ”even tried to organize pressure. There was a stable counterpressing after their own losses, episodically – the pressure during the reverse gears of” Real “. Or, for example,” Sheriff “fielded other shots” from the goal “and tried to take the ball high.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

In the second half “Sheriff” rolled back lower – they were running out of strength, plus the factor of psychology had an effect. It is worth emphasizing that Real Madrid now have a really high-quality positional structure, the team is able to both overcome pressure and open up a massive defense. It would be strange if Madrid did not create enough chances to win. But three obvious scoring chances (according to Opta data, but visually five or six can be distinguished) is not so much, given that the team has been behind for a long time.

2. “Sheriff” didn’t hit mindlessly forward, but tried to deliberately build his attacks. In particular, he played shots from the goal

Another sign of an underdog who comes to fight back in the hope of a miracle is the most simplified attack. It can have a maximum of long passes, carry-overs into the fight in a compressed command form, a bet on a marker forward or high-speed players when counterattacking.

Sheriff played much more difficult. The strategic goal of Yuriy Vernidub’s team was to lure Real into pressing – for this they used preliminary short rallies. In particular, Sheriff played the overwhelming majority of free kicks, and in game moments tried to find someone from the defensive midfielders at first. And only after “Real” ran into pressure, could a targeted long pass towards the attackers who had risen higher could go.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

For example, the second kick of “Sheriff” in the match took place after the rally from the goal and the subsequent long pass towards the attacking group. Castaneda picked up the bounced ball, passed it to Yakhshiboev, who almost hit the far corner with an aimed blow.

3. Sheriff often took risks, flirted, raised the full-back high

It’s amazing, but Sheriff could really take risks in the attack – and he got a lot of chances after the transitions. This happened in the first half and in the second. The risk was both in the methods of the rally (the midfielders occasionally flirted, and the passes were undershot), and in the position of the left-back – Cristiano’s 15th number. He ran very high. At the same time, Castaneda’s left winger was either dragging Real Madrid’s right-back Nacho away, or taking advantage of his freedom and breaking into the lineout.

Here, for example, Cristiano opened under the diagonal in fact on the line with the forwards and dropped Castaneda. Castaneda nearly earned a dangerous free kick.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

If “Sheriff” were a real coward-pragmatist, it is unlikely that they would have raised the full-backs so high in the first phase of the attack – the team becomes too vulnerable in transitions. I repeat that Real created enough chances after interceptions and quick attacks. Somewhere “Sheriff” played even adventurously.

4. “Sheriff” has amazingly prepared effective shots. It was really cool!

Sheriff’s goals are the highlight of this unique match. If the team from Tiraspol had scored some “fool” after the bulk and rebound, then it would be possible to strengthen their opinion of incredible luck and grumble once again. But after all, “Sheriff” excellently built their scoring combinations.

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Startfirst effective attack. There is a rally “from the goal”, the ball is directed from the central defender to the defensive player, then to the left-back Cristiano, and Cristiano is trying to find Castaneda with a pass to undercut the left winger. Castañeda is fouled. The referee’s whistle.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

“Sheriff” returns the ball back to the goalkeeper and sets up again for a meaningful attack. Till rises from the support zone higher.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

Arboled’s right center-back dribbles forward and transmits a vertical low pass to the middle. In the area of ​​the center line, the right striker Traore, who has sunk into undershoot, responds to it.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

Traore quickly recoups the ascended Thiel. Real Madrid’s pressure has been dropped. Til does not face pressure, turns around – and diagonally shifts the attack to the left, to the high left defender who has turned on.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

“Real” does not have time to return from the pressure phase to the defensive structure, rushes back at full speed, but loses all positions to the oncoming opponents. Especially the far post. A clear cross from Cristiano to Yakhshiboeva – and a beautiful goal.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

We emphasize: a goal was scored after a cool positional attack, the advance was carried out through middle low passes and a diagonal, and all this is a well-established algorithm (since we saw similar attempts in previous and next attacks). Is this an outsider approach?

The winning goal is a more random story, since the strike was delivered from a long distance and turned out to be crazy in execution, but even there, Sheriff seemed to play meaningfully: he pulled two opponents to the sideline when an out-of-bounds went out, then used the striker to reset (the team constantly throws outs on him in the penalty area) – and then used the rebound zone, which was thrown by Modric.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

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And after all, “Sheriff” had one more goal, which the team took away from themselves out of stupidity – Bruno slightly climbed over the line of the ball when shooting. The whole “Real” has already been played from the episode.

Sheriff played an amazing match in Madrid. And fully deserved my luck

Conclusions

Luck in such matches is necessary in any case. Yes, there was enough of him – “Real” was not hitting clearly enough from very advantageous positions.

But Sheriff, taking into account their capabilities, built the game just fine. He was not at all primitive and stupid, he occasionally tried to play boldly and interestingly. And even though Vernidub’s team struck only four hits, she prepared and performed each one well.

Therefore, after such a match, and I want not so much to talk about luck or to be touched by the statistics , as to admire a modest team for its almost flawless football. Thank you, Sheriff – it was very cool.

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