Zenit – Jokanovic Strength Test
The arrival of Jokanovic has changed the playing pattern of Dynamo a lot. There is literally nothing left of Sandro Schwartz’s attacking model with aggressive combined football. The blue and whites have become more practical: they take fewer risks when entering the opposition midfield and prefer to play more without the ball (the Muscovites’ possession percentage in the RPL is 43%). Surprisingly, Jokanovic initially came as a coach with completely different ideas. The Serb had this to say shortly after his appointment at Dinamo:
— My philosophy will be similar to that of the previous coach. I like attacking football when my team dominates the pitch and takes risks. Of course, we have to find the right balance between defense and attack.
His words were indirectly confirmed by people in the club’s management.
– We strive to make the team play better and each player to make individual progress. At the moment, we have a good base, while using 80% of our capacity. We hope that Slavica with his squad, which prefers an offensive and balanced style of play as number one, will allow Dynamo to reach a new level, – said Zeljko Buvac, Deputy General Director of Blue and White Sports. .
Dmitry Gaffin, a member of the Dynamo Board of Directors, spoke roughly along the same lines:
“We are particularly grateful to Jokanovic for his decision given the current situation. Slavisha has good experience in the most competitive league. We hope that their high professionalism and eagerness to win will help the club to continue to progress, achieve high results and attract spectators to the stands of VTB Arena with spectacular football.
The main reason Jokanovic decided to deviate from the initially planned course was the Muscovites’ defense problems. Dynamo’s central defenders began to fail at the end of last season: central defenders (and in most cases it was not up to the choice of players) chose the wrong position, acted inconsistently on stopping the ball and allowed. To collide with opponents freely. Vacancy in penalty area. Jokanovic transformed the Dynamo into a game with fewer defensive blocks, forcing him to regularly move to the defensive midfielder’s defensive line and release collective pressure.
Yes, Dynamo started conceding really low (in nine rounds, only nine goals, third place in the league), but “bus” football is unlikely to bring results in matches with well-played and well-organized teams – you need to attack positionally against said opponents and on the ball. Being able to control, the team will not be able to “sit” in their third during the 90 minutes.
Another important aspect is that the Jokanovic system makes all players equal and does not allow the creative players to stand out.
For this reason, under the new coach, Arsen Zakharyan lost a lot (due to the lack of space, he became less effective in dribbling and pulling and therefore rarely made fast attacks until the final third), Konstantin Tyukavin (attacker’s ball) was thrown behind the defenders, so he had to accept steady transfers. is forced, in which the forward is not very useful) and Daniil Fomin (the midfielder was given excellent defensive tasks, which does not allow him to properly participate in the preparation and drawing of attacks). At the same time, more experienced players in such formations (for example, Fedor Smolov), on the contrary, reveal themselves. One or two moments during the match are enough to prove themselves.
So far, there are many questions about Jokanovic’s work. The match with Zenit is a test of Slavisha’s strength and an opportunity to show that his strategy and tactics are justified and that the recent failure is a mere coincidence.
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