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Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics

Gonzalo Maroni at Sampdoria 2019/20 – scout report

Sampdoria is one of the teams that have been best strengthened for Serie A 2019/20. Sampdoria have not only been reinforced with players but also with a new coach: Eusebio Di Francesco. That’s why Di Francesco wanted to put together a squad with several new players. Among those reinforcements is Gonzalo Maroni, a young player who comes from Boca Juniors. The Argentine player will be analyzed in this scout report, in which we will show his tactics and characteristics. In addition, we will perform a tactical analysis to find out what he can contribute to his new team.

Gonzalo Maroni is a player who, judging from his tactics, can help Sampdoria in many ways in the offensive spectre and their attacks. The Argentinian will be a very important player in the tactics that Di Francesco wants for his team. This scout report will show how Gonzalo Maroni can fit into Sampdoria’s tactical system for Serie A 2019/20.

Sampdoria want to fight to get back to European football and Maroni can help to achieve that. That’s why the following tactical analysis will give us more the profile of Gonzalo Maroni. In addition, through the tactical analysis, we will be able to know how the new player of Sampdoria plays.


In order to carry out the tactical analysis and give you a scout report of Gonzalo Maroni, it is necessary to know his trajectory. Gonzalo Maroni started his career at Instituto de Córdoba, the same team where Paulo Dybala started his career. Then he passed through the lower divisions of Boca Juniors, where he made the whole process until his professional debut. He had a spell at Talleres de Córdoba, where he was on loan to add minutes and returned to Boca Juniors. Now he will be in Sampdoria, where he made his debut against Crotone in the third round of the Italian Cup and scored a goal.

Gonzalo Maroni is an attacking midfielder with good vision to assist the strikers. The best thing about Maroni is his ability to generate goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates. In addition, he is a player who likes to accompany attacking moves and position himself as a striker. He can also play at the wings of the pitch, both on the right and left. Despite not being a very fast player his good technique helps him to play on the wings. In addition, Maroni kicks the ball very well, makes good crosses, good short and long passes, makes good decisions and is very agile. He is also well positioned on the pitch and is a very technical player.

Being a player totally offensive and attacking-minded, Maroni does not usually stand out for contributing in the defensive facet. Defending is not his strong point and he is very passive in that sense. That’s why Gonzalo Maroni can fit in very well with the tactics of Di Francesco, a coach who likes to attack. Sampdoria’s tactical proposal will be based on the possession of the ball and in that sense, Maroni can contribute his qualities. Besides the key passes, Maroni also has a very good shot from long distance, a lot of technique, agility and good dribbling.

Tactical system

In order to know the role that Gonzalo Maroni is going to have in the tactics of the team, it is important to make a tactical analysis of the system. Depending on the tactical system, the location of Maroni will be known. It is not the same to place Maroni in a tactical system of 4-3-3 and the tactical system of 4-4-2, for example. Everything will depend on the coach and how he prefers to accommodate his players.

In the 4-3-3 scheme proposed by Di Francesco, Maroni is placed as a right or left-winger. This tactical approach makes Maroni feel more comfortable located on one of the wings. In addition, he can better exploit his qualities. Maroni has good acceleration and in one against one duels, he usually takes advantage. As a winger, he can take advantage of his good shooting technique by cutting inside towards the box.

Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Gonzalo Maroni located as a right-winger to exploit the external lane.
Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Maroni positioned as attacking midfielder to create pass options.

When Maroni positions himself in a position with more freedom in another tactical scheme, he has other functions. First of all, Maroni has to move along the internal lanes of the pitch and always try to get a pass from the midfielders. He will be in charge of playing freely in the middle and will not play defensive tactics. Generating passes, creating goal opportunities and jumping pressure lines will be some of his tasks.

When Maroni plays in that position the other teams will put pressure on him, so getting out of that pressure will be important. In the example below, we can see a situation where his central and peripheral vision will be fundamental. The good use of time and space is another of Maroni’s characteristics. To be in the right place at the right time. In addition, he will always have to play close to the strikers in order to be another threat to the goal thanks to his good finishing.

Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Maroni getting into a good position as a striker.
Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Gonzalo Maroni placed as a left winger to take advantage of his good crossing and passing abilities.

Maroni at Sampdoria

Eusebio Di Francesco surprised everyone when he gave Gonzalo Maroni’s debut in Sampdoria because he deployed him as a winger. Maroni entered the pitch and immediately moved to the left-wing in a 3-1 win over Crotone. This means that Di Francesco is going to use Maroni as a player for several positions. Not only is Maroni an attacking midfielder, but also a winger on both flanks.

The main characteristics that Maroni has to play as a winger are his good technique and his dribbling. Those were the characteristics that Di Francesco wanted to exploit with Maroni in that sector. Also, if Maroni is going to play as a winger it is better that he does it on the left. Di Francesco’s tactical idea is that Maroni uses his technique and his dribbling to go from outside to inside. In any case, Di Francesco knows that Maroni can perform several tactical functions in the attack.

Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Gonzalo Maroni attacking the space to reach the goal.
Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Maroni located as a left-winger beating the opposition’s defender.
Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Gonzalo Maroni surrounded by four rival players. Successfully escaping that pressure is fundamental for a player of Maroni’s characteristics.

When Maroni becomes an attacking midfielder, he will have several functions. First, to be the axis of the team and to assume the responsibility of generating opportunities. In addition, support the strikers and get into good scoring situations. In order to perform these functions, he must know how to position himself very well on the pitch. That is to say, to have a lot of mobility to look for the spaces and to always be free and ask for the ball.

As for playing as a winger, Maroni must have a greater tactical sense, because he must cover an external lane. That is to say, Maroni must also fulfil some defensive tasks. When Sampdoria lose possession of the ball, Maroni must be placed in a line of four midfielders. In addition, he must be quick in one-on-one situations to take advantage of his dribbling. Being right-footed, Maroni will make many moves from the outer lane to the centre of the pitch.

Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Maroni being pressed constantly when he plays as a link between midfielders and strikers in Sampdoria.
Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Carrying the ball several meters and advancing to generate goal opportunities or assists.
Gonzalo Maroni 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics
Maroni playing very close to the strikers in his position as an attacking midfielder.


Gonzalo Maroni may become one of the revelation players in the upcoming Serie A 2019/20 season. The Sampdoria player was one of the most outstanding in the Argentine Super League before making the leap to European football. From his characteristics and the description in the scout report, we can see that Maroni is a player with a great present and enormous future. The tactical analysis of the player serves to show that Gonzalo Maroni is going to fit perfectly in Sampdoria’s tactics.

His debut in Sampdoria also demonstrated the important role that Eusebio Di Francesco wants to give to the player. Di Francesco will try to use him as a player who can be the link between midfielders and the strikers. His good vision, passing, dribbling, and first touch are conditions that allow him to fit into Sampdoria’s tactics. In other words, Maroni in Sampdoria will be a midfielder who generates goal opportunities through assists. His good vision and the passing game, as well as his decent, but sometimes lacking, defence,  will help him fulfil those tactical functions.

Maroni can be a very important player for Sampdoria in the next season and this scout report aimed to prove that. It will be a matter of time before the Argentine moves on to an even bigger team. His youth and his characteristics as a player augur well for his future in European football. In addition, reaching Italian football in his first season in Europe will help him grow even more as a footballer.

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