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Annihilation: 11 February 2024

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A massive win for LL battle

Sorry guys, but I have to put all of our goals videos here. I couldn’t pick just one..

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Joselu sadly pissed the penalty...

Kroos

Per Sofascore, Kroos has completed 63 out of 64 of passes (98% acc.) and that includes 14/14 long balls. Amazing season he is having.

Ancelotti

During press-conference, Ancelotti confirmed what we all expected from the injury report published earlier: Rüdiger is out vs Leipzig. Nacho returns, but not sure this comforts me or not.

Is the double pivot gone?

Carlo was asked that Kroos this game was more of pivot than interior, sometimes even in the middle of the defense, like a center-back. But in the game vs Atleti, it was Camavinga who did that.

The reason for this is that in the game vs Atleti, we have 2 CBs who aren’t tall, so we need a pivot who can help in crossings. In this game, Tchouameni has some height, so we didn’t need a pivot to help with that. Also, Girona had a player between the lines, so it was better to have Camavinga as interior.

The coach outlined the strategy for the game:

In their half, strong pressure when the ball went to the keeper, many times it was man-to-man marking, trying to break Girona’s possession. In our half, a lot of patience, to stay compacted. If you suffer a bit in behind, you can take advantage from transitions. Girona use their full-back high-up, so we could, as we did, harm them with Vini and Rodrygo in the wings.

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