The Czech champions arguably shouldn’t even be in the competition after defender Ondrej Kudela was accused of racially abusing Rangers (and ex-Arsenal) midfielder Glenn Kamara in the previous round, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see Uefa barely acting against racism. Kudela is unlikely to play after suffering a nose injury on international duty courtesy of Gareth Bale’s forearm.
- 公告（@vivastiann）April 6, 2021
尽管如此，斯拉维亚在过去的几季和欧洲的竞争中占据了捷克联盟的占主导地位。毕竟，这不是他们的错，捷克联赛并不强壮，在证明他们可以在大陆竞争中竞争，他们不能低估。他们在2019年丢失了切尔西之前达到了这一阶段，乘坐巴塞罗那（0-0）和（1-1）在下赛季的冠军联赛集团（与西汉火腿Duo Tomas Soucek和Vladimir Coufal），然后击败拜耳勒沃库森(1-0) and Nice (3-2, 3-1) in this season’s group stage before knocking out Leicester (2-0 on aggregate) and Rangers (3-1 on aggregate) to meet Arsenal in the quarter-finals.
They lined up in a flexible 4-1-4-1 against Brendan Rodgers’ side with strict man-marking in midfield, and we can expect something similar given Arsenal will line up with someone (almost definitely Martin Odegaard) in the number 10 role.
This wasn’t because Slavia put lots of pressure on the ball, but pressure on players who could potentially receive possession from a team-mate. An extreme man-marking approach in midfield saw Leicester struggle to find passing options, with Slavia having their three-man midfield mirror Leicester’s throughout the opening leg.
Something Leicester didn’t use enough in the first leg was movement from Maddison away from the centre of the park, dragging his marker with him and leaving space for one of the deeper midfielders to collect possession between the lines if and their marker left them to join an attempt to press higher upfield.
There should often be a spare man in defence and they will have the space and time to drive and look for more incisive passes. This would’ve been ideal for David Luiz but Gabriel can also do the job and will have to take on that responsibility if he plays.
Obviously this would have been ideal for the way Arsenal use Bukayo Saka or Emile Smith Rowe ahead of Kieran Tierney, who will miss out through injury, but the pattern should still be exploited regardless and can be used on the other flank too.
They’re happy to either build up or go longer and the variance in their play makes them hard to predict. Players are constantly seen making runs beyond the backline to drag their markers with them and create spaces for shorter passes. Left-winger Olayinka is a willing runner in particular, threatening behind the right-back often as well as drifting further infield.
They often look to build up on the left of the pitch, looking to attract as many players as possible to that side before switching to the right, where 19-year-old Abdallah Sima and January signing Bah are direct.
右后卫看上去是一个很好的球员,一个真正的大意at from defence. Signed from a midtable Danish club in January, he serves as a reminder that you don’t need to focus exclusively on established players, that bargains are out there, while bargains are out there to be found to contribute in squad roles.
A wall of three or four players is almost always present to press any loose ball or clearance, while one player man-marks the opposition’s first outlet (circled) and they leave just a couple of outfield players back on the halfway line in case the ball does break free.
他们有时使用类似的策略，当被迫从后面延长时，两个最深的中场乘坐在他们的头上闭上长球来赢得第二球。And that sort of aggression immediately after a turnover was still present after they’d taken the lead against Leicester. They win the ball back quickly after losing it in the Leicester half, with four players putting pressure on the ball as Leicester look to break.
兵工厂will have to be alert when the ball goes out of play and fans will no doubt remember that set pieces cost the team when they met Olympiacos last season.
Things have improved this term — no Premier League team has conceded fewer from set-pieces, as per The Athletic — and Slavia’s approach from corners was relatively predictable against Leicester, with the team tending to make runs to overload the front post in the hope of isolating a player at the back post.