What is Ronald Koeman’s Flank Rotation and how can Premier League Clubs benefit from it ? - Mad About Sports

What is Ronald Koeman’s Flank Rotation and how can Premier League Clubs benefit from it ?

They say Football does not remember its Defenders, well we believe that the essence of the game is the composure in oneself and who better to portray that if not a defender. Over the last couple of years one such figure has emerged out to be a common subject to a debate both tactically and controversially. 

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Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman, the dutch powerhouse and also the highest scoring defender in the history of the game has inculcated a minor but an impactful tactic in his rather tendentious 3-4-3 formation since taking over the Pilot seat at Barcelona and we call this the Flank Rotation.This tactic is more likely to be seen in the second half of the game when the full backs of the opponent team are weary and have analyzed a pattern in the Blaugranian attack. Koeman’s flank Rotation is nothing but the exchange of the positions of the left (Generally a highly skilled one) and the right winger (Generally a fast one) after every five minutes or after a round of two or three attacking drills. This play as we see has been executed with the combination of Griezmann – Dembele ,Braithwate – Griezmann and in the currently ongoing season Depay – Braithwaite.

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This play not only shambles the pattern recognized by the opponent team’s full backs but makes them more confused and after a short argument we can say that the most vulnerable set of players on the field are the full backs which is because of their position along with the distance they need to cover.

After a rather average season with Barcelona we can say that this tactic is surely not making the impact it should but then the age old two worded question still lurks in every aspect of life, ‘What if!’.

What if we bring this tactic to the Premier league? Where players have more space and lesser response time on the field than the other leagues. The Premier league is the only league where the difference between the duels won and the duels lost for a full back is the least! In the 20/21 season, from Luke Shaw (Duels won -146, Duels lost -125)  to Andy Robertson (Duels won – 113 Duels lost – 114) and Aaron Wan Bissaka (Duels won – 174 Duels lost -126) we can see that the statistics endorse the scope to exploit the full backs even more !

And what better way to do it, if not by introducing this new minor tactic that could leave the full backs more nervous , perplexed and vulnerable !

– Akshay Chitlangia, 22 and ardent Sports Fanatic

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