Marcelo Brozović's's Mid Game Sliding In Was A Genius Bit Of Defending
Football is ever evolving and Marcelo Brozović has definitely bought into a new way of defending free kicks after he borrowed a technique from social media to stop Luis Suarez scoring.
Generally speaking football is a pretty easy game. Kick the ball about, get it in the net and celebrate without taking your top off. In reality though it's a lot more difficult than that and constantly changing so you can't stand still.
Managers like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are constantly looking for new ways of playing, although they're hardly revolutionising defending with their 'we'll just score more than you method' an old Real Madrid tactic (that one is sure to get some hate).
One man who is revolutionising defending though is Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter midfielder was part of the team taking on Barcelona on Wednesday night and unveiled his new tactics.
Facing a late free kick against Barcelona Brozovic decided to follow a recent trend of lying behind the wall to stop the taker going low but his style tricked Luis Suarez into going that way.
The Croatian slid into position smoother than you slid into that girl's DMs after finding out she was newly single:
Lionel Messi's reaction :joy:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 24, 2018
That's how to defend the under-the-wall free-kick :white_check_mark:
Marcelo Brozovic had done his homework this week... pic.twitter.com/7U8AKKQs5k
SPECTACULAR way from Brozovic to defend a free-kick!
Look how he slides behind the wall understanding Suárez intention pic.twitter.com/DIJ03KM4hE
- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) October 24, 2018
Suarez clearly doesn't see the 25 year old slide behind his teammates and it almost looks as if he's ready to run off and celebrate a goal until the ball hits Brozovic:
Brozovic saw Luis Suarez was going to try to hit the free-kick under the wall & he thought quick!
EPIC BROZO! pic.twitter.com/dgqPlXsVrv
- ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) October 24, 2018
It's a very smart tactic from the Inter man and we look forward to a lot more people doing it. You've got to time it well though, otherwise the taker will never go low anyway.
In the end it didn't really matter for Barca as they ran out 2-0 winners with Rafael and Jordi Alba amongst the goals.
They clearly didn't miss Lionel Messi too much, but you can bet Suarez wishes he was there to take the free kick.