City in detail 2017/18 ? Part Two: The Engine Room: - football

City in detail 2017/18 ? Part Two: The Engine Room:



In my last article I looked at the goals that Norwich scored and conceded last season which gave us a glimpse into who is helping create goals and who was responsible for letting them in. Now it?s the turn of the defensive midfield area: The Engine Room.
Daniel Farke employed a variety of formations last season, to varying levels of success.

Three in the midfield was used right at the start of the season as Farke was still finding Maddison?s true role and was quickly discarded as Maddison pushed himself into the number ten role that he would go on to play in for the rest of the season.

Next Farke moved on to a 4-1-4-1 formation which was what he had previously employed in Dortmund and which we had expected him to import to us.
The figures on the success of this look better than they are. Only one win was achieved in the Championship with this formation, an early 2-0 win against a QPR side that were pretty poor. The other two wins were in the league cup against lower league opposition at Carrow Road. Four goal thumpings at Villa and Millwall fully exposed the problems with the system in this league, with Harrison Reed looking traumatised as he ran around large swathes of midfield on his own trying to stem a tide of onrushing opponents.

The vast majority of games were played with two defensive midfielders shielding the back line and starting moves off from deep. It doesn’t take a statistical genius to see our strongest pairing from the table above. Tettey and Trybul...
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