Mallorca welcomed Atlético Madrid to the Iberostar Stadium for a clash between La Liga rivals Atlético Madrid. Atlético manager, Diego Simeone managed to lead his side to a 2-0 away victory against Vincente Moreno’s Mallorca side.
The result leaves Mallorca in 17th place, level on points with 18th place Espanyol in the relegation zone. Atlético Madrid, on the other hand, are up to second, just one point behind league leaders and city rivals Real Madrid after six games played.
This tactical analysis will investigate how Atlético were able to beat the team from Mallorca. The analysis will include information on tactics, offensive, defensive and transitional components of play from each team as well as other key match events.
Within the match, Mallorca predominantly utilised a 4-4-1-1 formation, while Atlético Madrid were found to use their typical 4-4-2.
The formations of both teams have been outlined, however, within the match, their average formation portrays a different picture. Mallorca’s formation was manipulated with the lone striker dropping back to receive the ball, whilst the wide players pushed up either side of the striker and the number ‘10’ player to offer width and attacking movement. Interestingly, the right-back for Mallorca pushed up frequently, with his average position close to that of the right-winger.
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