Connect with us

Indian Football

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: ATK 1-0 Delhi Dynamos

Photo: ISL

Arinjay Ghosh discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished ATK 1-0 Delhi Dynamos


ATK rode a Robbie Keane winner to consolidate their new-found momentum in front of an excitable gathering at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan to condemn Delhi Dynamos to their fifth consecutive loss of the campaign. The home side thus leapfrogged Kerala Blasters to the 7th spot on the league table. Here are the few takeaways from the encounter.

Both teams need a playmaker

ATK’s success in the Indian Super League was largely centred around the tireless brilliance of midfield metronome, Borja Fernandes. Thus, when new management decided to not retain his services, it naturally left a gaping hole in the midfield. ATK looked to Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Carl Baker to plug the gap but injuries to the pair severely affected Teddy Sheringham’s plans.

ATK lined up in their familiar 4-2-3-1 and with Hitesh Sharma being more of a second striker than a number 10, the creative onus fell largely on the double pivot of Conor Thomas and Ryan Taylor. While the former is a number 6 by trade, the latter is more of a dead-ball specialist than a deep lying playmaker. Furthermore, Taylor, being an eleventh-hour replacement for Carl Baker hasn’t got much time to build his chemistry with the rest of the team. Lacking the passing range of a playmaker, both men failed to pick out the constant runs made into space by Zequinha, Hitesh Sharma, Jayesh Rane and especially Prabir Das. Instead they played a host of long balls that was easily dealt by the Delhi defence.

Delhi, on the other hand, suffered from laboured build-up. The away side lined up in a 4-3-3 which became a 4-5-1 while defending and was meant to become a 4-1-4-1 while attacking. Although the former happened, the latter didn’t. Delhi lacked a runner from midfield, a basic requirement in a 4-3-3 to link the front-line to the midfield. Thus there was way too much space between their number 9 and their supposedly free 8’s. The only time Delhi had a runner from midfield was when they decided to press Anwar Ali on the ball and thus the ATK defence had a field day against a listless Delhi attack.

ATK and their long ball obsession

With a fit again Robbie Keane leading the line, one felt that ATK would finally shun their long ball system and play the ball to feet, a tactic that would also suit the three nimble-footed attackers behind Keane. Quite contrarily, the home side decided to stick to the long ball system which had brought them very little success throughout the tournament. This perfectly suited Delhi Dynamos, as they played a narrow back four with two tall and robust centre backs who had no problem dealing with their much shorter counterpart. Edu Moya stationed right in front of the defence had no problem in collecting the resulting second balls.

This tactic was strange given the fact that Delhi were playing a very narrow back four leaving a lot of space for the home side to exploit down either flank. The ATK midfield failed to stretch the play despite constant runs made by their wingers and fullbacks into the channels of space offered by the Delhi defence. In fact, the only times ATK managed to get behind the opposition defence was when the midfielders decided to play the wingers through instead of playing a hopeful long ball.

Going forward, Sheringham might want to look at his system. If he wants to get the best out of his front four, he must switch to a system where Keane can get on the ball and utilize the core competency of the players surrounding him. The likes of Zequinha, Hitesh Sharma, Rane and Prabir have enough pace and trickery to cause problems to most defences by running at and in behind them. To incorporate such a system fluidly, ATK must get rid of their long ball habit and keep the ball on the ground.

The long ball system, though, may be used as an effective Plan B by calling upon the likes of Robin Singh and Njazi Kuqi when required.

Delhi requires a Christmas miracle

It’s going south for Delhi all too quickly as they were handed their fifth consecutive loss. The away side looked hapless and bereft of ideas throughout the game. Coming into the game, they had scored two and conceded twelve in their four consecutive defeats, so they had a lot to correct. Assistant coach, Shakti Chauhan spoke extensively about his side’s ability to retain possession and one expected Delhi to have possession and play a neat passing based game. But on the night, they neither managed to hold the ball for too long nor did they manage to create anything when they did. In fact, the Dynamos were so bereft of ideas that they themselves decided to mimic the ATK way and play long balls. The static nature of their 4-3-3 contributed greatly to their blunt creativity. The fact that their defence has been leaking goals meant that the forward movement of their supposed free 8’s was restricted leaving a lot of space between their midfield and forward line. This allowed ATK’s double pivot to mop up and play their game.

Defensively, the away side was made to look better than they were by ATK’s penchant for long balls. The defence allowed a lot of space to the ATK wingers who whenever sought by the midfield found acres of space to operate. The defensive organization of Delhi was extremely ordinary for a team that had come for a point especially in the build up to the goal where Pratik Chowdhary was found out of position. A simple long ball to Bipin found Robbie Keane and with no covering defender, the Irish forward turned his marker to slot home into the bottom corner. In fact, things could have been much worse for Miguel Portugal’s side if Zequinha had been clinical with only the keeper to beat. On that occasion, too, the attack resulted directly from a lapse in the Dynamos defence.

Even at such an early stage, Delhi’s campaign looks sadly over and they need no less than a Christmas miracle to turn things around.

(Featured image via ISL)


Read all our Indian Super League content here

Arinjay Ghosh

Arinjay Ghosh

Media Operations Volunteer at FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. Former Media Representative and Journalist at All India Football Federation. Former Content Creator and Research Analyst at Exhale Sports. Also the generic engineer and the very generic United fan
Arinjay Ghosh

100 to Watch

Latest

Indian Football2 months ago

Indian Super League 2017-18: U-23 Young Indian Players’ Team of the Season

At the end of the 2017-18 Indian Super League season, it is time for us at Outside of the Boot...

Indian Football2 months ago

Scout Report: Jerry Lalrinzuala | India’s Promising Young Defender

Hrishi Anand provides a scout report which analyses India and Chennaiyin’s promising young defender, Jerry Lalrinzuala Indian football has taken...

Scout Report2 months ago

Scout Report: Houssem Aouar | Lyon’s young midfield star

Kwame Atteen writes a detailed scout report about Houssem Aouar, the Lyon and France midfielder. While we are all so...

Talent Radar3 months ago

U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #16: Youri Tielemans and Patrick Cutrone feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Young Players Team of the Week with the best young...

Talent Radar4 months ago

Brasileirão U-23 Young Players’ Team of the Season 2017: Talent Radar

As the 2017 Brasileirao season has finished, it is time for us at Outside of the Boot to recognize the...

Talent Radar4 months ago

2017 Meiji Yasuda J1 League: Top 5 U-22 Players of the Season

Steven Davies sits down and takes a look at, who in his opinion, have been the best of a bright...

Opinions4 months ago

The Resurrection of Nicklas Bendtner

Harry Burford writes about the resurrection of Nicklas Bendtner. Whilst Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner has all but disappeared from our collective footballing...

Bengaluru FC4 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: ATK 0-2 Bengaluru

Arinjay Ghosh discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished ATK 0-2 Bengaluru Bengaluru FC scored...

Indian Football4 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: ATK 1-2 Chennaiyin

Arinjay Ghosh discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished ATK 1-2 Chennaiyin Chennaiyin FC came...

Talent Radar4 months ago

U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #15: Franck Kessie and Leon Bailey feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Young Players Team of the Week with the best young...

Indian Football4 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Pune City 3-0 ATK

Naven Venkat discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Pune City 3-0 ATK Playing the...

Indian Football4 months ago

Mohun Bagan Vs East Bengal: The Enduring Allure Of The Kolkata Derby

Arinjay Ghosh looks at the significance of the Kolkata Derby and why in the ever-changing landscape of Indian football, Mohun...

Indian Football4 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Mumbai City 0-1 Kerala Blasters

Vatsal Dani discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Mumbai City 0-1 Kerala Blasters Iain...

Bengaluru FC4 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Delhi Dynamos 2-2 Bengaluru

Aakriti Mehrotra discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Delhi Dynamos 2-0 Bengaluru When Delhi...

Bengaluru FC5 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Bengaluru 1-0 ATK

Arnab Ray discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Bengaluru 1-0 ATK With the Indian...

Indian Football5 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Chennaiyin 2-2 Delhi Dynamos

Hrishi Anand discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Chennaiyin 2-2 Delhi Dynamos Chennaiyin FC...

Indian Football5 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: ATK 1-1 FC Goa

Arinjay Ghosh discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished ATK 1-1 FC Goa FC Goa...

Indian Football5 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Pune City 5-0 NorthEast United

Naven Venkat discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Pune City 5-0 NorthEast United This...

Tactical Analysis5 months ago

Tactical Analysis: Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona | Los Blancos Implode in the 2nd Half

Om Arvind provides a tactical analysis of the La Liga game that finished Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona Barcelona were 11...

Indian Football5 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: ATK 1-0 Delhi Dynamos

Arinjay Ghosh discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished ATK 1-0 Delhi Dynamos ATK rode...

Talent Radar Award History

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this site and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Young Player Rankings 17-18

More on Outside of the Boot

Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this