HAJDUK and Dinamo participated in the 22nd round of the Porjud (1:1) match. Compared to the duel in Zagreb ten days ago, we saw a completely different game.
The Split team decided to use a completely different system and schedule for the game, which was reflected in the game. Hajduk was a better team in the first half, close to victory overall. Realizing that he can compete with the Croatian champions is a big guarantee for him, and he will be fourth in Europe until the end of the championship.
In Maksimir, Dinamo celebrated the Derby with 2-0 ten days ago, but the first impression was that they did it easily in the second gear. The frightened Hajduk was in the depths of their goal and did not leave the impression that this team is in the same league as Dinamo.
In Poljud, we saw a completely different Hajduk, a person who wanted to play and win the game. They attacked a lot of players, and only three players were left in front of the ball. The statistics of the first two halves of the two derbys vividly show that Hajduk is by no means the same team as ten days ago.
Fossati dropped from midfield to the third stopper in the offense, allowing the defender to freely rush into Dinamo’s battlefield. Ivanušec and Oršić must follow Čolina and Todorović towards their goal, which will pull the entire Dinamo midfield back about ten meters.
In addition to Livaja in the top ten, Biuk and Kanikrich both entered from the wing of the midfield and continued to offer themselves as options behind Dynamo’s midfield. Therefore, Ademi and Jakić must be extra careful and cannot approach the ball proactively. In such a game, the Blues cannot effectively press Hajduk to catch the ball, and the landlord controls the game relatively easily. Hajidek was the only player to concede the ball in a dangerous area and he was scored.
The one detail that best describes the changes in Haji Duke in these ten days is the position of Stanco Ulrich. From the first half to the end of the first half, Stanko Jurić moved higher from the position of the last midfielder towards Livaković’s goal to strengthen Dinamo’s backline. When Joric intercepted from the backstage, it paid off in the 42nd minute. Livaja found him with a big pass, and Livakovic saved Dynamo with an excellent defense.
Damir Krznar’s team may want to participate in the game, especially after an earlier goal, in which they left the ball to the opponent and tried to punish him from the counterattack . But what is certain is that the game plan is not to give Haji Duke full control of ownership and rhythm in the first half.
The coach of Dynamo said: “We can’t be satisfied, we are always looking for victory. The result is very realistic. In the first half, Hayduk dominated, no matter how we lead.”
The club is at a stage of the season and the fatigue accumulated during this stage has exacerbated the situation, especially for Dynamo, which has a long European season. A trivial factor is not the poor venue on Poljud, where Hajduk still plays more often than its guests. Despite the objective difficulties, Dynamo should adopt a terrible attitude for most of the first half.
During most of the first half, his poor duels, slow decision-making, unsafe and lazy passes, bad work, no catch and exposure were his main thrusts. Excluding the first 15 minutes (Meyer scored), this is one of Dynamo’s weakest half of the past few seasons.
In the second half, the champion consolidated the position of the game, improved the level of offense, expanded the range of possession, and managed to restore the balance of the game. It hardly makes any sense to repeat it again, but the fact that he can play sub-average games and face off against his biggest opponent fully demonstrates his superiority in quality.
Hajduk has shown the degree of perversion under Rijeka. Unlike when Tramezani’s tenure began, when Hajduk was a passive team and withdrew the initiative and left the ball to the opponent, we increasingly see Hajduk. At least trying to play football.
The victory in the Adriatic Derby and the scoring in the Derby proved that he can play a role in such a game. More importantly, for young players like Corinna, Biuk or Ljubicic, games like this stimulate his development much better. They need as much possession, situation and rhythm as possible to make progress, and the development of these players is the basis for Hajduk to build his ambitions in the near future.