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Sampaoli’s Sevilla

Jorge Sampaoli has led a revolution in Sevilla. Their pressing, attacking intensity, and overall work-rate is admirable. No one expected anything less when the appointment was made.

Their recent game against Barcelona, although it ended in defeat was arguably a first class masterclass.

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Sevilla’s pressing coordination in the first half frustrated Barcelona

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Pressing coordination from a goal kick aiming to keep play to one side (away from Messi)
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Sevilla’s pressing made it impossible for Barcelona to play to the right side at times during the match – leaving Barcelona to have to play long from goalkicks
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Sevilla pressed this way knowing they would win long balls due to their height advantage against Messi, Suarez, and Neymar
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Also impressive was how compact they would get when they were bypassed. They defended equally well in a low-block as they did pressing high up the pitch

Now some examples of these basic concepts in the match.

 

In addition to pressing, Sevilla also defends in a low-block once they are bypassed. Everyone sprints to get behind the ball and limit space for Barcelona to move the ball and create passing lines and space between lines.

More Sevilla Pressing.