Xabi Alonso arrived at Bayer Leverkusen in a precarious ranking situation to say the least and thanks to an amazing comeback in the Bundesliga he managed to win the Europa League. Precisely in that competition last season he gave his best, wonderfully despite the elimination in the semi-final against Roma.
This season the work of the Basques is dragging the aspirins into the fight for the Meisterschale, which at the moment sees them in the lead, despite the difficulties they could encounter given the departure of players like Demirbay and Diaby who are fundamental in his tactical board, but the former Liverpool footballer was able to demonstrate that game ideas are more important than individuals.
Basic 3-4-3 system
In possession 3-4-1-2
In the non-possession phase 4-3-3 or 5-3-2
Bayer Leverkusen builds essentially in two ways: if the opposing team is very high, the first ball is handled by one of two defenders while the central defender breaks away and rises slightly from the defensive line, in this case both the two full-backs and one of the two midfielders who are involved are involved. they lower themselves to give the two defenders a passing option.
If, however, the opposing team does not opt for high pressing, all three defenders are involved in the build-up and, while dribbling, look for a direct pass to the midfielders. In this case the first idea is to look for the two full-backs who in this situation are wider and taller than in the previous one.
In the development phase, Bayer Leverkusen tries to crush the opposing team in their own half by keeping practically all the players beyond the midfield line. The two defenders spread wide both to continue the dribble and to promote superiority in the lateral areas while one of the two midfielders lowers himself both to receive the ball and, in the event of a loss of possession, to cover the spaces left by the two defenders.
With patience and always after a series of passes we try to go to the side chains, more towards the right one where we find the full-back wide and towards the center the winger, they often look for dialogue through one-twos to get to the back and try his teammates via cross.
If they don't find space on the wings, another option is to look for Wirtz in the area between midfield and defense where the German playmaker can invent by trying to dialogue with the midfielder and the attacker or try a personal action.
They are the two offensive players that we mostly find in this area of the pitch. Among these, the most dangerous player is certainly Wirtz, an unpredictable player who, thanks to his technique, often attempts one-on-ones or triangulations in tight spaces with the striker or midfielder. The other winger is also a player who, if he manages to find space in the finishing area, makes the most of his speed which often allows him to beat his direct opponent.
Both playing very close to the striker, leaving the lane free for the two wingers who are systematically served via triangulations or direct balls deep.
The team, not having a real number "9", seeks more dialogue with their teammates than diving deep or playing inside the opponent's area.
Si affida molto alle giocate dei singoli da parte dei due esterni che riescono spesso a creare superiorità numerica con le loro giocate. Importanti sono anche le continue sovrapposizioni e inserimenti di due esterni prevalentemente di Frimpong giocatore dotato di ottima tecnica e di ottima corsa che gli permettono spesso di arrivare sul fondo per effettuare traversoni o addirittura inserirsi nella zona centrale del campo. In caso di spazi molto chiusi un'altra soluzione è quella del tiro da fuori, che il Leverkusen sfrutta al meglio.
OUT OF POSSESSION
Bayer Leverkusen adopts a very high pressing, the wingers are in charge of attacking the two central defenders who build from below, while the striker is marking the opponent's playmaker, the two full-backs based on where the opponent's construction takes place come out strong on the full-back preventing it from setting. By directing the ball outwards, the German team tries to create density by bringing 3-4 players into the ball area.
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