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FC Midtjylland Set Piece Tactical Analysis

Midtjylland Set Piece Analysis 17/18 – Part 2

In Part 1 I explored Midtjylland’s use of free-kicks and throw-ins that have scored them an incredible amount of goals this season, in this part I’ll explore their use of corners, which have played an even bigger part in their season.

Vs AaB 1st October

We start off with a pretty simple routine, with 2 aspects I’d like to draw some focus to, the first is the spacing of players. This is something I’ve noticed a lot of top set-piece sides doing – scrapping the usual scenario of group of players attacking the 6-yard area from the penalty spot instead replacing it with players spread apart in the box. This provides greater coverage of the area in-case of a bad delivery and also provides opportunities for flick-ons and benefiting from second balls. The next component is the run of the one of the players in the 6-yard box, he leaves the 6-yard box dragging his marker with him – creating space for one of the players attacking from the penalty spot to attack.

Vs Lyngby 29th October

Vs AGF 27th November

Vs AGF 27th November

The final player to keep an eye on is Zsolt Korcsmar (#4), he drifts towards the back-post with his marker following him, as the kick is being taken he darts forward into the space now left vacant, allowing him a free header on goal.

Vs OB 4th December

Vs Silkeborg 5th March

The importance of using intelligent spacing from set-pieces again comes to the fore, with players covering as many different areas the ball will likely land as possible. This starting position also makes life tricky for the goalkeeper as he cannot see the Midtjylland players and look at the ball at the same time, which could cause problems.

Vs Silkeborg 5th March

Vs Horsens 3rd April

Vs Kobenhavn 9th April

More clever use of blockers on display here – watch the looping run to the back post area from the Midtjylland #28, on the first watch it looks as if his marker simply didn’t follow him, allowing him a free header, but if you watch it again, his marker is blocked off by the Midtjylland player next to him, giving him to make his run and header unopposed. I’m amazed more clubs don’t do this as it seems a fantastic way to generate chances.

Vs Kobenhavn 9th April

Vs Nordsjaelland 15th April


Normally I give possible ways to set-up a team against the team I’m analysing to nullify their strengths, but i’m not sure that’s possible against teams with such an emphasis on set-pieces like Midtjylland, their approach to set-pieces is so versatile and well rehearsed that it makes it impossible to predict what their planning, which in turn makes trying to plan a defensive strategy very very hard. It just goes to show that if clubs embrace set-pieces and puts a genuine focus on them, the returns can be massive.