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Posted by GayleHagan3046 on June 22, 2014, 10:49 pm
[p]  Romelu Lukaku's touch map is interesting for two reasons. First, it reflects not just Belgium's 1-0 win over Russia but also their 2-1 victory against Algeria and, in the process, indicates how little [url=http://worldcupsoccershoes.com]cheap soccer shoes[/url] he has been involved in both games. Second, and most pertinently, there is one, lone red blob in the box; Lukaku has only had one touch in the opposition's 18-yard penalty area.- Tactics Board: US' Johnson attacks RonaldoWhat the diagram illustrates is Belgium's tactical approach. Even though Lukaku has both the physique to hold the ball up and -- in a side of his game that has been developed further -- the pace to run beyond a defence, Marc Wilmots' side don't tend to aim for the striker. Instead, their initial instinct is to find Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens or Kevin de Bruyne. Even on counterattacking breaks, they haven't often released Lukaku.His other problem is that, so far, he hasn't seemed on the same wavelength as his teammates. They have rarely found him, and -- as his total of seven completed passes against Russia shows -- he hasn't often given them the ball back. The final issue is that he has probably been on the pitch [url=http://worldcupsoccershoes.com]Nike Football Boots Outlet[/url] at the wrong time. Belgium have displayed more intent in the final half hour of both games, but Lukaku had been substituted by then.Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella changed tactics at halftime in his team's opening game and went from 5-3-2 to 4-3-3. The switch in formation was a major reason his side beat Bosnia-Herzegovina. He then retained the 4-3-3 formation against Iran, a game in which victory was attributable more to one individual, Lionel Messi, than Sabella's system or tactics. Instead, Iran's obdurate defending highlighted the imbalances in the shape.The first is the lack of natural width, which makes Argentina overly reliant on full-backs Marcos Rojo and Pablo Zabaleta to get forward. The front three consists of two strikers by trade, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero, and Messi, a false nine for Barcelona. Messi can [url=http://worldcupsoccershoes.com]messi soccer cleats[/url] cut in from the right to devastating effect -- indeed, it brought his winner against Iran -- but Aguero has struggled on the left of the trio.The Manchester City man's touch map shows there were times when he was in a winger's position, but he wasn't effective there. None of his three crosses found a teammate, and he struggled to get on the ball in goalscoring positions when he came off the flank. Indeed, it is testament to Iran's defending that they prevented Argentina's most prolific players getting many chances in the box; Higuain and Messi only had two touches apiece inside the penalty area.The other element of Argentina's attack on the left is Angel di Maria. The Real Madrid man has spent much of his career as a winger and is the lone member of the central midfield trio who does get forward. With him advancing on the left and Messi comfortable picking up possession near the right touchline, in theory 4-3-3 could become 4-2-4 [url=http://worldcupsoccershoes.com/]Adidas Football Boots[/url] against a defensive team such as Iran. But it never quite worked that way, and Sabella's system might require a rethink.[/p]

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