Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Looking at Germany's attacking formation vs Italy Scheme #1

Here's something I did diagramming Germany's play versus Italy. The German somewhat handled Italy's 3-5-2 formation on offense but had a hard time against their 5-3-2 defensive formation. You can't fault Die Mannschaft from trying. Look at how Joachim Low's men formed their attacking formations this time with Mats Hummels as the focal point.

Eight triangles. Ultimately, this led to Mesut Ozil's terrific flick to Mario Gomez whose backheel was parried by Italy goalkeeper Luigi Buffon.

Low likes to put Toni Kroos, sometimes Bastian Schweinsteiger, or even Hummels at times in this formation where they can spray passes to teammates.

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