What Went Wrong in Indonesia's WCQ 2022 Campaign? A Tactical Analysis

The campaign was a frustrated one, but some ideas were promising

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Simon Mc Menemy consoled his players. Photo via: Topskor.id

“Victory has a thousand of fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” — JFK

This defeat is no different. Many condemn the federation, and some criticize the coach and players; even the fans were blaming each other. However, I will discuss what went wrong from the campaign in the tactical aspect from this Indonesia team, focusing on the squad and line-up selections also how they play on the pitch.

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Usual line-up under Simon Mc Menemy at WCQ
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Planned long balls. Players occupied the most advanced line.
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Indonesia’s potential from long balls: Quickly attack the opposition backline
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Indonesia’s constructive verticality resulted in an opening goal against Malaysia.
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Indonesia’s flat shape hit a concrete wall against well-organized Vietnam
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Indonesia’s initial 4–4–2 shape without the ball
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Spaces within two banks of four
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UAE exploited pockets within the two banks of four
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Vietnam finding far-side winger in the spaces between the lines
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UAE took advantage of Indonesia’s lack of intensity to destabilize the blocks
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Indonesia’s counter-pressing approach. Lilipaly and Bachdim did a backward press. Evan and Ruben closed the nearest options. Andik pushed narrower to anticipate diagonal ball while Manahati prepared for a long ball forward.

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