Also, Zonal Marking featured our game. And, as always, they do an awesome job, here.
Here is the overview, but you should DEFINITELY read their post.
Real were undeniably sloppy at the basics tonight, and not all of that can be attributed to Sevilla’s approach. Their simple short passes under no pressure were wayward, while their marking at set-pieces was bizarrely slack for a Mourinho side. It was also interesting how obviously affected they were by Sevilla’s physicality, with both Higuain and Di Maria (probably Real’s worst two players) lashing out.
That shouldn’t take anything away from Sevilla’s display, though: their initial strategy – (a) pressing heavily, (b) marking Alonso and (c) using an extra holding midfielder – meant they stifled Real’s passing throughout the first half, and although Mourinho could call upon three fantastic attacking options from the bench, Michel was able to respond.
Michel set up intelligently and reacted alertly, and deserves a great amount of credit tonight.
Great great game from our boys. Letting in just two goals in four games is pretty impressive. Only scoring four leave some room for improvement.