Aston Villa faced Everton in the recent Game Week of the Premier League. Before this game, Everton was undefeated in the league winning 3 out of the 4 games sitting on 10 points. Aston Villa while having a brilliant last season, still were in the building up phase. Before this game, they had won only one game and lost 2 games.
Aston Villa simplistically won this game by scoring 3 goals and conceding none in the process. The first goal was scored by Matthew Cash. The second being a Lucas Digne own goal in the 69th minute. The third goal was scored by the new signee Leon Bailey in the 75 which was assisted by Danny Ings. Following the Transfer of Jack Grealish to Manchester City, it was believed that the club would have a dip in form. This comes after the player is vital for most of the club attacking system.
Due to the positional freedom given to Jack Grealish the player could drift wide or drop deep to pick up the ball. As a way to change the system, the club bought Emiliano Buendía, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey this transfer window. While knowing that one player can’t substitute or replace Jack Grealish, the club spent to sign multiple creative players. Each player’s playing style has another trait which they utilized last season.
Why did things go wrong for Everton Against Aston Villa?
While having a total of 477 touches of the ball and completing a total of 310 passes, Everton couldn’t score a goal against Aston Villa. The club could only take one shot on target which was in the 43rd minute from outside the box. While Everton played the 4-4-1-1 formation, Aston Villa tested the 5-3-2 formation. Due to this Salomon Rondon was isolated for most of the game. Due to the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin because of injury, Everton didn’t have their main striker. While not having a target for each of their clearances and cross, this caused their attack to be null and void imminently.
What changes did Aston Villa do to their system to win?
Well since the Chelsea game, Aston Villa has started utilizing a 3 centre back-formation due to the shift in the system. This helps to keep a player extra against teams playing with a front 2. Due to Martinez and Buendia being out of the team due to the covid protocols. The club needed to shift its focus to a more defensive style of play. The player who was the man of the match was Douglas Luiz.
During the game, the player provided an assist as well as 5 key passes. While playing the most defensive out of the three midfielders, the player’s average position was all around the pitch. He won 9 out of the 15 of his ground duels while having 3 successful tackles in the game.
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