Both teams kept their game plan throughout the whole final, but the adjustments that Giráldez made for Barcelona at half time – adjusting Mariona and Aitana’s positioning, helped the team overcome Wolfsburg aggressive mid-block and find advantages to create chances and come back to end up winning their second UEFA Women’s Champions League. As coaches, we need to be able to read the games and make adjustments during the game or at half time, to overcome the difficulties that the opponent is creating. This proves the importance of tactical adjustments during matches. We must highlight, though, that it is not necessary to change your attacking style, but to perfect it or generate variants to hinder the opponent’s plan.
Finally, even though it is not mentioned in this analysis, both goals from Barcelona came from crossing situations. If you are interested in knowing more about the principles that Giráldez’s side applied, you can rewatch our webinar on this topic here.