OSIJEK and Dinamo participated in the 30th round of HNL (1:1). The duel between the top two teams is the most important game of the season. Both teams can take a big step towards the top of the championship. If they fail, it is almost impossible for Osijek to achieve his final goal.
Therefore, many people think this will be a difficult and aesthetically unfinished game, but we are the opposite. The game in Osijek was a football game, which once again confirmed the value growth of HNL in recent years. Each team has half, both coaches made a mistake, and the tie is ultimately a realistic result. After such a derby, the audience benefited the most.
At least for the first hour, we watched the game at a high pace and pace. Despite the obvious transfer of personal qualities to Dynamo, Osijek defeated the “eternal” HNL champion without fear.
Both teams have clear plans at all stages of the game, defensive compactness, and automated mechanisms for their attempts to create surplus. Both of them know what they want on the court and how to achieve it. Until recently, it was hard to imagine in China that there are teams that are “literate” in both directions, who can control and accelerate the pace. From a technical and tactical point of view, this game did not lag behind the Petica League game at all, so it is necessary to select a detail.
Dynamo was the first to score by Majer, and the Blues then decided to withdraw and wait for their chance to counterattack. If someone told you two years ago that Dynamo will play against anyone in HNL, and this is a strategy that his fans can easily defend and welcome, then you would hardly believe him. HNL has reached the level where a European opponent, Dinamo, bloodyly wins every point, and is often forced to adjust his style of play according to his opponent and his quality.
In the first 45 minutes, Dynamo was a better team. He has a lot of good opportunities in scoring, and even then he can solve the winner’s problem.
Ademi rose to the second forward position and created a space where Patković dropped to be a member of the team. Osijek tried to reluctantly mark Jakic as a midfielder, thereby “cutting off” Dynamo’s defense from the offense, but the key player was Lovro Majer (Lovro Majer), who was in the absence of the ball. The next performance is outstanding, found space, and is a stable connection to pass the ball to the backcourt. The last third of the field. Ivanusek enters from the middle of the field and is an additional midfielder. Dynamo has extra manpower and absolute control in the middle of the field.
Dynamo’s spin and fluency against fixed-point defenses are particularly impressive. It is almost impossible to play against such a Dynamo team when there is no ball to play a great talent, no fixed position and the ability to solve the ball for the player.
Osijek came up with an interesting idea in the defensive phase. His players stand in a block that strictly guards their opponents. However, it was not until the Blues got the ball to the field and then hit the return ball that they put a lot of pressure on Dynamo’s defense. At that moment, Osijek and many players aggressively forced Livakovic to shoot and lost possession of the ball. Similarly, Osijek’s best chance to score a goal came, first Klein Heisler, then Bokacs, they were not precise enough.
In the offensive phase, the host has difficulty breaking through obstacles, which is the burden of early goals and needs to take the lead. He attacked the Blues in a 3-2-4-1 / 3-4-1-2 formation. Therefore, Osijek always has three players in the back row as counterattack protection, but they have two problems. The first is that Zaper and Vukovic’s offensive distances are very close, although Dinamo did not put a lot of pressure on the golfers. In the offensive phase, Osijek and Petković and (sometimes) Mayer have as many as five players. This excess surplus had a negative impact on the front of the game, with five Osijek players trying to break through Dynamo’s eight or nine players.
Another problem is that the defender’s status is relatively low. Therefore, Dynamo can defend very tightly in midfield. If Bjelica takes more risks and pushes the defender forward, then Ivanušec and Oršić will have to follow them, and Osijek will have more room to play.
Bjelica corrected these two problems in the second part. After Vukovic took office, Kleinheisler, who was more aggressive, assumed his position. The defender also gained more freedom in the game, so the focus of the game further shifted to Livakovic’s goal.
However, the impression is still that tactics are not the main reason for the substantial differences in the second part, but physical health. This season, Dynamo has played 13 games more than Osijek and 14 games more than Europe. The Blues dropped significantly in the second half. It is getting harder and harder for them to get out of the penalty area, Osijek gets more and more other balls and keeps the pressure on. The difference between the first half and the second half of the duel and the confiscated ball supports this argument.