Tactical Evaluation: The Mislav Oršić masterclass that noticed Dinamo Zagreb eradicate Tottenham Hotspur within the Europa League | Sportslens.com

With a 2-0 dwelling benefit in hand from the primary leg, Tottenham Hotspur visited Dinamo Zagreb with the straightforward goal of getting the job carried out.

They’d stumbled after their success at dwelling, although, as Arsenal beat them 2-1 within the north London Derby within the Premier League.

Dinamo Zagreb, however, had received 5-0 over the weekend as they went two factors clear with a recreation in hand on the prime of the Prva HNL.

They’d received every of their final 9 home matches, however a Premier League aspect had been a very completely different problem (as they discovered within the first leg).

Spurs did a Spurs, although, as they allowed Zagreb to place three previous them over the course of the 90 minutes and further time.

This catastrophe spelt the tip of their Europa League marketing campaign, which might additional scale back José Mourinho’s time in North London.

The plain headline-grabber, although, was Mislav Oršić, who netted all three of his aspect’s targets to ship the win for them. So, allow us to take a deeper have a look at his efficiency.


Dinamo Zagreb wanted simply 43.2% of the ball to attain this historic victory, that means that they did have a little bit of defending to do. Oršić had an vital position right here as nicely.

Tottenham’s right-back for this match was Serge Aurier, whose fundamental power unquestionably is his attacking menace. Due to this fact, Oršić just about dropped into the left of midfield in a bid to include him.

With Lovro Majer pushing up from midfield to mark one of many two Tottenham holding midfielders alongside Luka Ivanušec (the right-winger), Oršić’s defensive place was on the left of the three in an fascinating 4-3-2-1.

As Spurs superior additional into the Zagreb half, Oršić needed to observe again even additional. So, he even reached the line of defense at occasions as a second left-back to maintain Aurier in test.

It’s secure to say that Oršić was fairly profitable on this activity, as he made 4 tackles (probably the most of any Zagreb participant), three clearances and one interception, permitting Aurier to solely try two crosses and one shot.

This alone makes for a good efficiency, however there was a lot extra that the 28-year-old Croatian produced.

Positioning in possession

On paper, Oršić was used as a left-winger, however in possession, he performed a touch completely different position.

Zagreb transitioned right into a 3-4-3 in possession, as Stefan Ristovski pushed ahead from right-back however Bartol Franjić didn’t enterprise as far on the other flank. Majer stayed ahead, so Oršić was on the left of the midfield 4.

His comparatively deeper place in possession usually dragged Aurier out of place, creating house in behind him which Franjić might exploit on the overlap.

An analogous tactic was utilized by Arsenal in opposition to Matt Doherty within the north London Derby, though Zagreb failed to use the house on the appropriate of the Tottenham defence to the identical extent.

In different circumstances, Majer exploited this house by drifting large from his place on the inside-left within the front-three.

When Majer did keep in midfield, Oršić pushed ahead within the front-three. Nevertheless, not like Majer, he stayed large, stretching the Spurs defence horizontally on this means.

Positioning alone doesn’t get you anyplace, although – you want to have the ability to create one thing after stepping into good conditions. Oršić actually did.


Now we come to the enjoyable half – Oršić’s work on the sharp finish.

His large positioning helped him isolate the defensively-weak Aurier on many events, after which he might run on the ex-PSG right-back.

A fast change of course enabled him to get previous the defender, so he had a transparent run in direction of the byline, which might be a really threatening crossing place.

He received there unchecked and will additionally ship a ball throughout the field, but it surely was not turned in by anybody. Nevertheless, the menace was very clearly current.

The opener originated with a positional interchange with Majer. Aurier was already out of the equation as his try and dispossess Oršić previous to his cross to Majer had failed, so the 28-year-old winger had some house on the left to run into.

Aurier rushed again to cowl, however he needed to overcommit and permit Oršić to cut onto his favoured proper foot, after which the Croatian winger unleashed what can solely be described as a thunderbolt.

His second got here instantly after Majer was changed by Mario Gavranović, that means that Oršić had the liberty to float infield too. He made a run into the field between the Tottenham defence and midfield, punishing their lack of knowledge with one other emphatic end.

The hat-trick aim mixed all three attributes of Oršić’s attacking play – slick dribbling, the power to float inside because of the lack of Majer and world-class ending.

He began off by chopping inside and away from each Moussa Sissoko and Aurier (who can be subsequently introduced off), opening up slightly little bit of house for himself.

The Croatian worldwide then received to the sting of the field, from the place he picked out the underside nook with one more sensational strike.

(Picture Credit: WhoScored)

Oršić’s shot map tells fairly an fascinating story – six of his seven efforts got here from outdoors the field, solely 4 of which had been from open play. Half of these went in, whereas the outlier additionally resulted in a aim.


Oršić’s efficiency – each in defence and particularly in assault – actually deserves all of the headlines on this planet.

He helped his aspect shut Tottenham down on one flank, whereas his hat-trick (full with two unbelievable particular person efforts) fairly clearly received the tie for Dinamo Zagreb.

Nevertheless, the remainder of Damir Krznar’s males deserve numerous credit score as nicely, as every of the 17 gamers that stepped onto the pitch within the Zagreb shirt labored their socks off.

Krznar himself ought to be praised too – he solely had a few days to get his aspect collectively after Zoran Mamić stepped down as he was sentenced to 4 years in jail after being discovered responsible in a tax fraud case.

Tottenham Hotspur, however, had been the polar reverse of fine. They’d many big-hitters on the pitch, however they had been merely flattened by a really hard-working and well-structured Dinamo Zagreb aspect.

Hugo Lloris’ feedback encapsulate their frustrations fairly nicely, and as soon as once more, a summer time shakeup (fairly probably involving one thing to do with the supervisor) appears inevitable.

Stats courtesy of WhoScored.

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