Schalke 04 vs Porto (By: Frantik)
Schalke finished second in the Bundesliga last season, which was certainly a great success for the team that had missed the European Cup in the previous season. At the same time, we managed to qualify directly for the group stage of the Champions League. It is worth noting the well-done work of coach Domenico Tedesco. He made the team play more reliable. The main characteristics of his tactical picture is a strong center of defense and a support zone, long passes to the powerful forward of the Burgstaller and moving forward at the expense of individually strong players such as Amine Harit.
In the offseason, Schalke had to part with Leon Gorecka, who moved to Munich as a free agent. Max Mayer went to England, to "Crystal Palace", defender Tilo Kehrer bought PSG for a decent amount of 37 million euros. The first two were fundamental elements of the Tedesco system. Kehrer only at the end of the season began to appear regularly in the first team, but he is undoubtedly a talented footballer, not by chance, scouts of the Paris club drew attention to it.
Tedesco made point substitutions of the above mentioned players and slightly increased the depth of the composition, taking into account the fact that this season the team needs to play on two fronts. Among the newcomers, it is worth noting the midfielder Mascarel, who can strengthen the support zone, doing the work of Mayer. Senegalese Salif Sane was signed to the defence centre.
"Schalke" in these 3 matches at least had to score 2 more goals and gain at least 4 points. Attack should add in the next matches, there are moments - you need to improve the stage of completion. While there are questions to the defense and this is a big problem for "Schalke", based on the tactical priorities of Tedesco. He always gets the result due to the reliability of the game, and he is the center of defense fails. It may take some time to establish cooperation with the new pair of Central defenders.
Another "disease" is manifested in "knappen" — indiscipline. In 3 matches the team managed to get 8 yellow cards and 2 red ones. Perhaps it's because of the nervousness caused by the lack of result. And often violate the rules in dangerous areas, of which the opponent can directly threaten the goal.
After 3 defeats in the Bundesliga, the upcoming Champions League match is extremely important for the team. This is the debut in the main European tournament after a long absence and the need to quickly interrupt a series of defeats. It is also worth considering that after the Champions League Schalke will play with Bayern and if you lose to Porto, the series of defeats can easily reach 5 matches in a row.
Portuguese club plays attacking football. The Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar is the most successful forward of the team. In 4 matches he scored 3 goals. Aboubakar plays effectively not only in the domestic League. In the Champions League "Porto" is a stable member of the group stage and Aboubakar in this tournament scored 14 goals, of the Cameroonians scored more than just Samuel Eto'o.
In a couple of him in the attacking line put different players: Andre Pereira, Moussa Marega, Jesús Corona and they all also scored goals. The team is mainly trying to get to the wrong gate through the center, this is especially noticeable in the organization of positional attacks. Many dangerous moments were created after the standard provisions.
Midfielder Yacine Brahimi successfully participates in the attacks of the team and in 4 rounds scored two goals. In 4 matches "Porto" 13 times hit the opponents ' goal. Of course the level of rivals is not so high. Still, matches against top clubs in Portugal (Benfica, Sporting) has not yet been the team. But also at the level of not the strongest clubs the problems in defense were evident. For example, "Belenenses", which in 4 games scored 4 goals and is the 10th team in the League, was able twice to score against Porto.
Approximately equal to the odds the bookies put up for this match. Schalke started the season very poorly in the Bundesliga and this factor raised the odds for Schalke. Otherwise, the representative of the Bundesliga certainly quoted more confident favorite. At the same time, we should not forget that Porto are an experienced Eurocup fighter — the club has been playing in the Champions League for 23 years in a row.
In domestic leagues team not have shown reliability in defense. At the same time, Porto, led by Aboubakar, showed effective football in the attack. Schalke scored only 2 goals in 3 matches, but created enough chances. "Schalke has not yet solved his problems in defense, it will be difficult to play at zero. In attack it is time to embody the moments in goals.
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Schalke 04 vs Porto prediction
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