Tactics Journal

by Kyle Boas

Analyzing football tactics

Barcelona Feminí's far-side pin and Patricia Guijarro's two equalizing goals

June 5, 2023 — Barcelona Feminí utilized a simple, repeatable pattern on the right-wing, with Patricia Guijarro targeting her runs into the space in front of Wolfsburg’s back-line, helping them recover from a 2-0 deficit in the Women’s Champions League Final.

Figure 1.1 - Caroline Hansen drives inside as Wolfsburg form a back-five. A space forms in front of their back-line for Patricia Guijarro to run into.
Figure 1.2 - Patricia Guijarro arrives in space, unmarked.

Barcelona had their three forwards run Wolfsburg deep to further open up the space in front of their back-line.

Figure 1.3 - Caroline Hansen drives to the line. Barcelona's three forwards pin three Wolfsburg defenders. Patricia Guijarro is passed the ball free in space.

Wolfsburg is deep and pinned. The two defenders in front of Patricia Guijarro are stuck ball-watching, attempting to block off the passing lane from Caroline Hansen. Guijarro is passed the ball and slots it home for the goal.

That’s the first goal to bring the match back to 2-1. The same thing happens for Barcelona’s next goal, the equalizing goal.

Figure 2.1 - Aitana Bonmati drives down the right-wing. Barcelona's two forwards begin to pin their markers in the box.
Figure 2.2 - Patricia Guijarro's marker is caught ball-watching. She begins to slip behind her into space in front of Wolfsburg's back-line. Aitana Bonmati breaks the ankles of the Wolfsburg defender.

Again, Wolfsburg doesn’t do a good job tracking Patricia Guijarro into the box, and her marker is caught ball-watching.

Figure 2.3 - The cross comes in from Aitana Bonmati. Wolfsburg is pinned, and Patricia Guijarro is free.
Figure 2.4 - Patricia Guijarro heads it home for the equalizing goal. 2-2

Attack the right-wing, pin the far-side, and then have a free woman to pass to in the middle of the box, unmarked. Three goals.

Figure 3.1 - Patricia Guijarro with the Champions League trophy after the match.

That was the repeatable pattern that crowned Barcelona as champions, allowing them to come back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 and hoist their second Women’s Champions League trophy.

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