In the biggest derby in Croatia, DINAMO defeated Hajduk 2-0 on Maksimir and took a crucial step towards the championship. He scored 4 points more than Osijek, one game less, and only a miracle could prevent him from defending the title.
From the beginning to the second goal, Derby has been a one-way street, effectively ending the game. The problem with Hajduk was not that they lost to the fiercest opponent, nor was the quality difference felt throughout the game. Dynamo fulfills its obligations in the game with a rhythm, which may cause the greatest damage to Hayduk. In this rhythm, Dynamo is fulfilling its obligations to the second league cup.
Hajduk has been absent from the team several times, and the best performer is Marko Livaja. Considering that Todorovich received a red card in the previous round, winger Jairo played at right back. Coach Tramezzani may have decided to enter the 5-3-2 zone because of Petković in Dynamo’s offense.
Since Dynamo’s forward often dropped between volleyballs, Hayduk allowed the extra plug to send him away and attacked more aggressively when he received the ball. The basic idea of this game can be understood and considered logical. From Hajduk’s energy into the derby to the idea of how to hurt Dinamo during the offensive phase, everything else is difficult to understand.
Hajduk’s passive block in the midfield is still particularly unclear, because Dinamo’s defender and Ademi are both high. Each lost ball will cause Franjić to cover up a big hole in his transition, which is an impossible task. The young Piccolo has used the excess space several times, but apart from the mediocre deep space ball, Hayduk has no solution to constantly defend his defense.
Hajduk looked like Dynamo played against Manchester City two years ago. Retreating to the deep “Italy” zone, the only hope that the opponent’s striker will perform badly, and his goalkeeper is the best. Is this a realistic balance of power? In the long run, can pilgrims make progress? These are questions that only the profession of a pilgrim can answer. But the white man has gradually become an HNL drowner since the end of the 90s, and has been negatively ranked on the court from the first minute, only scoring a goal accidentally.
Dynamo created a surplus in the active part of the game by entering the wide players on the field, and they found space near Hayduk’s midfield number three. Joško Gvardiol participated in a particularly impressive competition. Within a year, he accepted a role and position, which hinted at completely different habits and geometric shapes in the game. And his level is difficult to judge whether he is a better stopper or quarterback.
For Hajduk, the most devastating thing is that Dynamo played below-average games by their standards. In the last third of the field, he often made mistakes, leaving a lot of space for Hayduk in the counterattack. When they scored the second goal, the willing moment and energy dropped to zero.
This may be all the information we need to know. Dynamo played against Hajduk for one hour, just like they played against Karlovak, Kurilovac or other low-level teams in the Cup in the last hour. In the biggest derby in Croatia, Dynamo decided to rest and relax in order to fully prepare for the cup with Gorica three days later.
The Blues are a better team than Hajduk. For a long time, Derby’s positive results are not necessary for Hayduk, but a delightful surprise. For Hayduk fans, the hardest thing may be that Dynamo has become better before, but they had to win the derby with a bloody knee. Today, 25 minutes of solid competition and 65 minutes of walking are enough for him.