Lichka’s plan is to blame for the defeat of Orenburg
Some fans and pundits probably predicted a successful result for Orenburg before this match. Zenit is a very high class team and it is almost impossible for any team to even struggle to match Saint Petersburg within eight seconds of the championship.
Analyzing the results of the match, it is completely inappropriate to talk about the close relationship between the two teams. In any case, blue-white-blue will look more powerful than Orenburg only due to the choice of players, and you do not need to connect administrative resources to defeat the Urals; It’s just not necessary. A 2-3 goal margin for the blue, white and blue was expected to be a sure win, no more. But this time, the Semak team decided not to leave the enemy and won the maximum: the St. Petersburg team threw eight unanswered goals at the Urals.
Without Odoevsky, but initially with Claudinho and Sergev
The goalkeeper problem is one of the main problems of Zenit, which has been manifested precisely since Vyacheslav Malafeev decided to end football. From that moment, the St. Petersburg team failed to find a stable goalkeeper for several years. The situation has not changed this season. Semak, according to rumors, sees Odoevsky as the main one, but Daniil recently started having health problems, so he was not even in the Orenburg candidacy. I hope that in the near future, he will be back on duty and back in goal once again – practice is incredibly important for a young player and a long break without games can seriously affect a player’s form and mental state. Football player. Meanwhile, in the fifth consecutive game in the championship, Mikhail Kerzhakov entered the starting lineup, which was different from the meeting with Torpedo, where the Muscovites never reached the goal, Orenburg struggled from time to time and eventually made 11 shots on the opponent’s goal. . .
Claudinho appeared on the pitch for the first time since his injury. With Spartak, the Brazilian came off the bench and against Orenburg, Semak decided to leave him at the start. I think the midfielder will already fit the bill against Dynamo under the right conditions. The rotation also affected the striker’s position: on the last matchday, Mateo Cacierra played in place of the striker, and Semak preferred him over Sergeev. Ivan did not disappoint the coach: he scored Zenit’s second goal in the match.
Lichka’s desire to play attacking football is admirable, but the Czech’s plan against Zenit should have been less daring.
Marcel Lichka plays very daring attacking football in Orenburg and tries to stick to his style in any match against any opponent. And even against Zenit, the coach did not deviate from his principles. The Urals played on the way to clash with St. Petersburg, for which they paid the price – there was a serious gap between the lines, which allowed Semak’s team to freely enter the final third and gather in the penalty area. Was it right for Lichka to adapt to Zenit and focus on defence? The answer is obvious after knowing the result of the match. Did the Urals really think they could cover up defensive mistakes by playing the ball (which, I note, they regularly do even in matches against similar opponents)? A team like Orenburg, with Zenit, had to not sit on low blocks, but at least block free zones during long attacks, which the St. Petersburg team easily filled with one or two vertical passes.
After the match, Lichka, however, admitted to a tactical miscalculation:
– Why didn’t they play as torpedoes? i like football It is clear that Torpedo lost here 0:2. And we are 0:8. I don’t regret that we didn’t play defensively. I took that decision. And I am responsible for the result. Spectators want to see football, goals, emotions. But we forgot to play football, we forgot to attack. We stare at them open-mouthed: Malcolm, Claudinho, Lovren. This is a pity for me. Bad first half – 0:5, but no reaction in the second half. Waiting to see how many goals will be scored by the opponent. You don’t need to say much. I am responsible for team performance. This is my mistake. I made the team, I selected the players. But all was not well. Therefore, this result follows me. It’s a game you can lose 0:4, 0:5. But to lose 0:8 and have nothing to show is a big shame. The fans came for us and we showed those games. We make mistakes from kindergarten. It is clear that Zenit is two levels above the Russian Premier League. This game is very easy for them.
“Orenburg” was, of course, very unlucky – unlike the matches with “Zenith”, “Khimki” and “Torpedo”, where the Petersburgers were included only in the critical parts of the game, in this meeting they were charged a lot and increased. Rhythm from the first minutes. The Blue and Whites scored goals of all tastes: with shots from distance and empty goals after counter-attacks, and even with a “scissors” shot among themselves – it seems that this charming seventh goal of Malcolm will be the most goal. Beautiful not only in September but throughout the season.
Zenit have a game against Dynamo in the RPL. That’s a bit scary for the Muscovites, who lost to Sochi in the last round.
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