Zidane and Real Madrid fell into the traps set by Tuchel’s Chelsea. The Modrić problem.

Picture 1: Kante vs Real Madrid Semi final 1st leg.
Figure 1: Madrid Buildup and Chelsea pressing box.
Picture 2: Madrid’s CB stretch wide and a little deep.
Figure 2: Nacho moving up and Marcelo inverting. Vinícius Jr. moves out wide.
Picture 3: Kroos as the 3rd CB and Nacho moving up.
Figure 3: Modrić moving wide to help buildup.
Figure 4: Kroos trying to progress the ball centrally.
Picture 4: Modrić pushed up very high. Kroos and Casemiro followed the double pivots.
Figure 5: Illustration of Chelsea’s buildup and Madrid’s pressing.
  1. Marcelo is inverted.
  2. There’s no screening behind Madrid’s advanced midfield.
Picture 5: Kanté made a third man run, which was found by Pulisic.
Picture 6: Kanté made a third man run, which was found by Pulisic.
Figure 6: Chelsea’s front 3 dropping into 2–1 shape or a 1–2 shape.
  1. Pulisic and Mount dropping in space (2–1 shape).
  2. Pulisic dropping alone centrally (1–2 shape). (not Werner like in the figure, a mistake!)
Picture 7: Mount and Pulisic dropping in midfield. Mount receiving a chipped ball.
Picture 8: The left flank is empty for Chelsea. Chilwell was running freely as Carvajal marked Mount.
Picture 9: Azpilicueta making a run in behind Madrid’s highline.

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