European competition was heading to its final qualifying stages and that means the group stages are edging near us. On Thursday night, the first leg of the Europa League’s play-off took place. Along with the big names such as Eintracht Frankfurt, PSV Eindhoven or Espanyol, Torino and Wolverhampton Wanderers faced each other in what was considered an interesting match-up.
Torino started their Europa League campaign from the second qualifying round, beating Debrecen in the process. They went on to eliminate FC Shakhtyor in the next round before being drawn against Wolverhampton. Walter Mazzarri’s side were yet to start their Serie A season and the Italian side wanted to use this match as momentum for when they welcome Sassuolo next week.
Similar to Torino, Nuno Espírito Santo’s side also entered the second qualifying round of this year’s Europa League through their 7th-place finish in the Premier League. They have been matched against lower-rated opponents such as Crusaders and Pyunik, which Wolves eventually beat. In the Premier League, two draws against tough teams Leicester City and Manchester United have shown signs of positive things to come for Wolves.
This tactical analysis will provide an analysis of the match between Torino FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will analyse how Wolves’ tactics secured their first-leg win over Torino’s tactics.
Mazzarri lined his Torino side up in a 3-4-1-2 with Salvatore Sirigu in goal. Brazillian centre-back Gleison Brenner paired up with Armando Izzo and Nicolas NKoulou to complete the back three. In the role of an attacking midfielder, Álex Berenguer acted as the link between the midfielders and the strikers. The former Osasuna player positioned himself just below the pair of striker Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza.
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