What’s happening in the World Cup final?

July 11, 2021 0 Comments

The World Cup Final is the last major international competition of the summer.

The European champions France and Spain will be looking to win the trophy on their way to a first World Cup trophy since 1998, and there is speculation that the final will be the first time in eight years that a team has gone to the final.

However, a game between Italy and Portugal, played in front of a capacity crowd in Stadio Olimpico, has been dubbed the biggest crowd of the tournament so far.

Here is a look at what’s happening during the match and what it will mean for the games ahead.

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Ball control and the pitch There are a lot of similarities between the two sides’ tactics and style of play.

Italy have been accused of running their team out of the back of the pitch, and Portugal have been criticised for playing the ball at a diagonal angle rather than in a way that would make it difficult for the ball to find its mark.

This is a tactic that can be seen in the video below. 

It is the same principle behind the ball being passed by the team in the box, rather than being run out of a certain area, so that it is able to get to its target.

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Defending the ball in midfield There have been some notable changes to Portugal’s midfield this year, as their play has become more defensive.

This has been a huge change in their game since last year, when they played a similar system, but this year the two coaches have worked on how to make the side more attacking.

In the video above, the first team play is from inside the area that they play the ball out of.

In that instance, the ball is sent straight into the box by the midfielders, who have the freedom to do whatever they want with it. 3.

The passing triangle This year, the Portuguese players have been allowed to pass the ball more often and the triangles between the midfield and defence have been more clear. 

The two sides will have to work to adjust to these new formations, and as they do so, it will be interesting to see how these changes impact on the game.

4.

The game is played in a high-tempo setting This is something that has been questioned for some time now.

During last year’s World Cup, Portugal was criticised for being slow, but now the game is expected to be played at a higher tempo.

There is talk that Portugal will have more freedom in their play as a result of this, and they will be expected to control the game from midfield.

This will make it easier for the team to defend and create chances for their opponents.

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Portugal’s defensive play is not a new concept Portugal’s defence was criticised in the past for being weak in 2016, but their defence has improved this year.

They have had several changes to the side’s defensive structure in order to improve the way they play. 

Their first change is to change the formation of their back four, from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-5-2.

This means that their centre backs will be dropping deeper in midfield, while their full backs will line up higher up the pitch.

This move has been criticised by many, with some of the players on the left being unhappy about this move, while others have suggested that it could be a great idea in terms of defending. 

This is a change that will make the team more dangerous, and also means that the ball will be more difficult for Portugal to counterattack with.

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The team is very disciplined in their positioning This has become a big issue for the Portuguese defence, with the team constantly looking to get the ball back in the attacking third.

This year they will have several players dropping into a 4 v 3 formation, with their back three playing deeper in defence, as well as one midfielder who is dropping deeper to join the midfield, and another who is staying closer to the centre back. 

They have also tried to improve their passing, by changing the way that they are marking the ball.

This makes it much easier for their forwards to run in behind the Portugal defence, and creates space for the rest of the midfield to attack. 

As a result, Portugal have started the match very well. 

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Portugal have improved the positioning of the ball In the first half, Portugal’s play was very similar to that seen in 2016.

However after half-time, the team started to push forward in an effort to find the net.

This was a big mistake, as they should have played deeper in the second half to get back into the game, but they simply didn’t. 

However, after the second goal, Portugal started to change their positioning.

In order to keep the ball away from the Portugal defense, they moved their midfield three to a more attacking position, and the centre backs dropped further down the pitch to help the attack.

The change was very effective, as the ball