The match between Kerala Blasters FC and Jammu Kashmir XI ended up in a 2-0 note, where the host Kerala Blasters manages to take a complete domination over the Jammu Kashmir XI. Both team showed the intention to outdominate each other, eventhough Kerala manages to accomplish the objective, Jammu Kashmir showed-up a real quality game, which proves a bright future ahead for the young lads of J&K.
Eventhough its a pre-season played to find out combinations and tactical approach towards the available availability, it just a review which may help you to understand better.
Like how it was, in the last two matches, Kerala tried to approach in a 4-4-2 system, giving a crucial role for the second-striker to involve more on midfield. Luna and Rahul where the snipers who where choosen to make the defense of Jammu and Kashmir limited to take risks.
Adriàn Luna who played like a dropping striker, helped to attain superiority on the midfieild. Which helped Kerala to create some really good chances, also to exploit some loop holes. Somehow, the tactical structure looks like. (1)
•Yellow border :- Outer shape
•White border :- Inner players giving a connections.
Sometimes, it also visible like the wingers dropping deep similar to a wing-back and helping the build up. Which also opened up an option for the wing backs to overlapp and involve more on attack.
Unlike last two games, Kerala tried to hold-on more on ball and keeping patience to find open spaces. The physicality that Jammu & Kashmir players possessed, made huge difference on exploitation of spaces by Blasters. JKFC aligned like a 4-4-2 sometime it looks to be like a 5 at back and 3 at the midfield closing the wing attack of Kerala whenever needed. Physicality of JKFC’s players could enable an upperhand for them to close down the men in yellow.
The change occurred, when Kerala Substituted-in some fresh legs. Vincy Baretto, Ayush Adhikari, Sanjeev Stalin, Sreekuttan provided a really good high-up intensity game which made difficult for JKFC players to cope up. It is now clearly visible that, the training Ivan Vukomanovic has provided to his team is now getting into benificial. Particularly, Ivan focused upon the first touch of Indian players, providing some Rotations and recieving techniques giving a blue print on how to continue with the tempo of a game.
As, the match played-out was just a pre-season we can’t draw out the conclusion from here. Anyhow, the principles that Ivan follows has got a really good adaptation factors for the players not only to get results for the team but also to imply their skills to get results. Hope that Kerala Blasters will have a great time in Durand cup.
✍?Vinayak. S. Raj