A Dive Into the Football Tactics of Kibu Vicuna

Mohun Bagan has had a historic triumph in I-League 2019-20, crowned as the champions, and the fans have gone gaga over the tactics of Kibu Vicuna, and have termed it fondly as Vicunaball.

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Inclusion of Baba Diawara added the momentum to the team and complemented the tactics used by Kibu Vicuna

Part Two : The Championship: The evolution of Kibu Vicuna

The I League was knocking on the door and by this time Kibu has realised that, he is not going to enjoy as much possession as he wants, due to the lack of enough technical players. He decided to raise the tempo of the buildup and go direct to increase penetration. Playing direct with quick transitions involves of a lot of risk of cheap giveaways and there came the game-changer for the season– high and organized pressing.
Kibu had to use three different systems throughout the I League. Injuries forced him to change systems though the results hardly held any difference.

System 1:

In this he used the 4-3-3, but this time his wingers were not touchline huggling crossers; he understood their instinct and gave them to freedom to move inside between the pocket of spaces along the channel and help in playmaking. While Suhair still had the task of making space for others. What changed was, the front three had the task to press aggressively during opposition build up.
Naorem and Colinas moving inside, left the wide corridors open for overlapping, and this time Kibu didn’t restrict his fullbacks to do so, though Ashutosh was the more aggressive one and was given more freedom to push through the right channel.
Whenever a fullback pushed high, the centre backs moved wide to provide cover and Fran Gonzalez dropped in between the centre backs to make a three-back system.
But problems were still there. Though the creation of chances doubled up, they still lacked a finisher. It was Fran Gonzalez in the midfield who was making the darting runs in the box leaving his lines and scoring the goals.Also not having a ball playing keeper restricted them from playing out from the back frequently. With a draw, a defeat and two wins, this system was a mildly successful one.

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