Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Pass Maps: Swansea City 3-2 Burnley

Pass Maps: Swansea City 3-2 Burnley

A quick look at the Pass Maps from Swansea City`s win at home to Burnley on Saturday ahead of our upcoming Match Analysis.

Pass maps courtesy of @11tegen11 on twitter

As has been the welcomed trend under new boss Paul Clement, he has solved the issue of a severe imbalance in the side, and has found a way to field Gylfi Sigurdsson in the wide left role, but allowing him to drift inside and keep the width on both flanks, rather than having a side forced to focus their attacking play on the right.

New signings Martin Olsson and Tom Carroll have been crucial to making this work. Against the rather narrow 4-4-2 of Burnley, as Dyche tried (and failed) to set up his team to contain the Swans in the middle of the pitch, Clement adopted more width, as Narsingh hugged the right touchline, while Carroll moved out wide on the attack to support the forever-galloping Olsson, as Sigurdsson occupied a position in the middle to avoid Llorente becoming isolated as a result of the added width.

The pass map below shows Sigurdsson`s more central position, compared to Narsingh`s, but also his sideways movement compared to the Dutchman`s. Carroll then also adopts a wider position - closer to Olsson, compared to Fer - who did occasionally move out wide to form a right-sided trio of himself, Naughton and Narsingh. This was limited though to ensure that they weren`t leaving too many gaps through the middle for Burnley to exploit on the counter. The Swans worked tremendously hard to apply pressure high up the pitch to avoid this from happening.

Jack Cork is again the central pivot in deep midfield, operating sometimes as a third centre half with Mawson and Fernandez splitting wide.



Burnley`s pass map however shows a completely different approach, a defensive one mainly, with pretty much a 6-man backline, with Barton and Boyd dropping very deep to add defensive support.

Boyd was pretty useless at providing defensive support to limit the threat down Swansea`s left, while Barton was barely noticed by any observer watching on.

Brady`s high position was a problem for Burnley throughout, as left back Ward severely lacked support to cope with Naughton and Narsingh down the right, add Fer into the mix and it was a big concern for the away side.

With clearly no width available whatsoever for Dyche`s side, as per their defensive tactics, Vokes and Gray were the main outlets, with the simple tactic of hitting it long to the Welshman to flick on for Gray, it worked for their second goal. Long balls over the top and into the channels for Gray to chase didn`t though, as Mawson was often easily able to deal with them or see them run out of play.



It was Swansea`s dynamic movement and player rotations - some of which mentioned above which caused difficulty for Burnley throughout the 90 minutes, and their midfield struggled to work out who to pick up, and it was a test of their positional discipline to remain in their contained shape.

Having hit the woodwork at least four times, with other chances going within a foot of the target, it was a clear dominant performance from the Swans, whatever ridiculous slant Dyche tried to put on it.




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Monday March 6 2017
Time: 8:58PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Ingle Talks Brook

Recent Swansea City Articles

Ayew Thanks Swansea City: 'I Feel Re-born'

Swansea City's January signing Jordan Ayew has thanked the club for taking a chance on him

Llorente Scores £3.8m Goal as Swans Net £109.5m

Fernando Llorente's winning goal against West Brom in Sunday's final League of the season was worth an extra £3.8m for the club

Swansea City Release Tremmel & Emnes

Swansea City have released goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel and Marvin Emnes

2016/17 Second Best Goal Return Ever

The Premier League season of 2016/17 didn't see a new goal record set in the top flight of football on Sunday, however the final day got extremely close.

Archived Vital Swansea City Articles

Vital Swansea City articles from

Site Journalists

VitalSwansea
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Vote for your man of the match vs West Brom
Suggested By:
Nordfeldt4%
Naughton0%
Mawson2%
Fernandez2%
Olsson0%
Fer0%
Britton10%
Carroll2%
Sigurdsson12%
Ayew51%
Llorente17%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Chelsea 38 30 3 5 93 52
2 Spurs 38 26 8 4 86 60
3 Man City 38 23 9 6 78 41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 76 36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 75 33
6 Man Utd 38 18 15 5 69 25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 61 18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 -7
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 46 -12
10 WBA 38 12 9 17 45 -8
11 West Ham 38 12 9 17 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 44 -15
13 Stoke 38 11 11 16 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 41 -13
15 Swansea 38 12 5 21 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 -28
R Hull City 38 9 7 22 34 -43
R Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 28 -26
R Sunderland 38 6 6 26 24 -40
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.yugo233
2.Phil W3
3.KevinE2
4.stevieray1
5.GilT1
The Vital Football Members League