Football: It is the movement that makes FC Sion come alive

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SoccerIt is the movement that makes FC Sion come alive

Since the start of the season, the Valais seem to have rediscovered a ball-use approach. The mobility of the midfielders allows them to field it.

Nothing out of the ordinary at first glance. FC Sion’s record has been good since the start of the season: four points in three games. The content is encouraging because there is a sense of a team united and motivated by the idea of ​​playing a little more than they have in previous seasons. Does it have a climax? no

Paolo Tramezzani's FC Sion has been much more mobile since the start of the season.

Paolo Tramezzani’s FC Sion has been much more mobile since the start of the season.

fresh focus

But Paolo Tramezzani’s training has adopted principles that should help steer him in the right direction. And you have to admit that it works when it comes to getting the ball into the last third of the field. The midfielders Anto Grgic – Denis Will-Poha – Musa Araz complement each other well in this area. Because it is fluid and mobile. That speaks for a well thought-out handling of the ball. Deciphering what gives the Valais color.

A liquid medium

After deploying a diamond midfield (where Baltazar was a playmaker) in Lugano and against the Young Boys, Paolo Tramezzani opted for a 4-3-3 against Servette on Saturday. Not enough to check the overall animation and intent. It’s just the target spaces that have evolved: while the first two days were often aimed at the inside of the game, in the Derby Sion tried a lot more to attack the depth in the half-spaces.

But the structure in the first two game areas has not changed fundamentally. Because the three midfielders have remained the same, with the dynamism they have had since the first game. With this dynamic, nothing is set in stone. The behavior of the middle trio is very “fluent”. In other words, her movements appear very free and rarely square. They move according to what the game inspires them to do.

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The mobility of the circles: Grgic, Poha and Araz are on the same line at the beginning of the plot.

The mobility of environments: At the beginning of the action, Grgic, Poha and Araz are on the same line.

As the action develops, they move, like Poha pushing the ball into the field.

As the action develops, they move, like Poha pushing the ball into the field.

Then, a few seconds later, it's Grgic who projects, Poha steps in between the lines, served by Araz.  The action will allow Grgic to get into a punching position.

Then, a few seconds later, it’s Grgic who projects, Poha steps in between the lines, served by Araz. The action will allow Grgic to get into a punching position.

As such, it has become common to see Araz level with the headquarters in one action and then attack the surface in the next. It also happens that at the beginning of a sequence the three midfielders are very close to each other, then they gradually move. In short: Sion does not have a very solid structure with the ball. But the interpretation of this freedom is good enough at the moment to allow the game to progress without taking big risks with losing possession.

Easy progress

With this FC Sion, we are therefore very far away from a calm and organized positional game. But that doesn’t prevent us from resorting to certain ideas that are close to her. If only the quest for superiority. The opponent presses the central defenders for two? Then unhooking a middle allows to pass this first line. Etc. The fact of dezoning makes it possible to move forward. So the Sédunois circles do not deprive themselves of this. Above all, they want to offer the ball carrier simple solutions to secure ball possession and to find low-risk pass lines to progress.

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Create the excess: Poha approaches his centre-backs, who face two Servetties.  His presence allows Saintini to find him and eliminate the Genevans.

Create the excess: Poha approaches his centre-backs, who are faced with two Servetties. His presence allows Saintini to find him and eliminate the Genevans.

He moves forward with the ball.  At the same time, the wingers Bua and Itaitinga are mobile and put themselves in the middle of the game.

He moves forward with the ball. At the same time, the wingers Bua and Itaitinga are mobile and put themselves in the middle of the game.

Grgic comes in to offer Poha an easy pass line on the side and then he can push the game to Itaitinga.  The action leads to a strike.

Grgic comes in to offer Poha an easy pass line on the side and then he can push the game to Itaitinga. The action leads to a strike.

This is already reflected in the figures. The sample is small with only three games played, but there is a trend away from Sion last season. If possession is slightly higher (48% vs. 44% for the full 2021/22 financial year), it is worth looking at the types of passes. While Sion averaged 65.83 progressive passes (which get a lot closer to the opponent’s goal) per game last year, they’ve averaged 81.67 so far. A significant increase without affecting the success rate (about 70%, like last season).

The search for chaos

Since the start of the season, Sion have therefore used the mobility of their midfielders to move from one area to another while maintaining possession. But that’s not all: it’s also about exploiting them to throw your opponent off balance. This is one of the other advantages of this football in almost constant motion: there are pass lines that open up in the opposing block.

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Destabilize Opponent Block: While Poha goes down on Grgic, Araz catches up in the middle.  The Young Boys' three midfielders focus on their closest opponents.  They fall apart in play and Grgic is able to find a vertical pass line to Baltazar.

Destabilize the opposing block: As Poha goes down on Grgic, Araz catches up in the middle. The Young Boys’ three midfielders focus on their closest opponents. They fall apart in play and Grgic is able to find a vertical pass line to Baltazar.

Here's another example where Poha is in possession of the ball.  Grgic's movement is not tracked by anyone and he can be hit.  This leads to a shot.

Here’s another example where Poha is in possession of the ball. Grgic’s movement is not tracked by anyone and he can be hit. This leads to a shot.

Against Servette here Araz descends to Cavaré.  This movement worries Plucke, who doesn't know what to defend: the axis or the pass on the wing.  This small movement opens a pass line within play to Cavaré.

Against Servette here Araz descends to Cavaré. This movement worries Plucke, who doesn’t know what to defend: the axis or the pass on the wing. This small movement opens a pass line within play to Cavaré.

In a game of football where teams mostly defend in the zone but with a focus on the man once in possession, the anticipation is ever-present. The duel is sought and the opponent relies on surprise and time advantage to win the ball. This is how the simple movement is spied on and lightly pursued: it makes its opposite movement. The more mobile he is, the more the lines stretch, the more spaces are created and passing lines open up.

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Complementary Movements: Situation where Poha starts deep, to the cores.  Bua takes the opportunity to position himself in the half-space within the game, while side Baltazar takes over the corridor.

Complementary movements: Situation where Poha hits low on midrange. Bua takes the opportunity to position himself in the half-space within the game, while side Baltazar takes over the corridor.

The Servettin defenders are scattered, watching what's happening in front of them (Bauer focuses on Baltazar).  So Bua can make calls behind her back and let Poha serve her.

The Servettin defenders are scattered, watching what’s happening in front of them (Bauer focuses on Baltazar). So Bua can make calls behind her back and let Poha serve her.

He crosses to Araz (who threw himself into the penalty area), whose header forces Frick to intervene.

He crosses to Araz (who threw himself into the penalty area), whose header forces Frick to intervene.

Since the beginning of the season, therefore, there has been a quest for disorder in the movements of the Sédunois. And that doesn’t just affect the midfielders, but also the full-backs and the most attacking elements. It becomes difficult to defend and Servette regularly has problems, especially when he lost numerical superiority in the zone of the ball.

So encouraging signs. A young identity seems to emerge from this “new” FC Sion. In the offensive production it still needs some specification, albeit with 4.85 Expected Goals In three games, an interesting sum is created that needs to be maintained.

This is indeed the challenge of Paolo Tramezzani and the Valais: to be part of a momentum in which ideas remain firmly anchored. Something that piques our curiosity.


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