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About a month ago, New York Red Bulls defeated New York City FC. Now, at the MLS 2019 rivalry week, NYCFC took revenge and beat NYRB by 2-1.

The match started with such an intensity due to the guests pinning back NYCFC to their own half. This quickly bore fruit in the tenth minute as New York Red Bulls grabbed the lead by Alex Muyl. Before the break, New York City FC were able to equalise from a penalty and set the final results in the 53rd minute.

This tactical analysis will look into how Chris Armas and NYRB set up their pressing tactics.

Lineups MLS 2019: New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls - Tactical Analysis Tactics

Domènec Torrent chose the usual 4-3-3 formation, although it often morphed into a 4-2-2-2 as Moralez occupied higher, left Parks and Ring deeper and Alexandru Mitriță dropped next to Moralez. In team selection, only some minor changes occurred. Instead of Rocha, Parks occupied the left in the midfield three. In the front line, Mackay-Steven was replaced by Alexandru Mitriță. 

On the other hand, after Chris Armas had rested some important players he now sent out the full power for this battle in the usual 4-2-3-1 shape.

Aggressiveness from the beginning

One of the main themes of this clash was the aggressive behaviour (in terms of intense pressing) against the ball. It was evident in both sides’ play, that they did not want to let the opponent play…

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