The WEURO 2022, which ended last Sunday, has been the best in history for many reasons. The physical and technical level has been extremely high, with no team out of tune. The spectacle has been comparable to the games of the final phases of the WUCL and that is why the television ratings and attendance at the stadiums have been so high. In any case, what interests us most is the tactical analysis of the championship. In this small article we do not have enough space to delve too deeply, but we are going to talk about some of the aspects that have been most relevant from our point of view.
In the first place, it should be noted that it has been a European Championship that has shown diversity in the collective proposals. Some teams have opted for highly combinative styles of play, others for more direct models and some for a mixture of the two previous options.
Among the teams that have tried to develop more combinative game models (trying to associate the players in attack and defense with short distances) the Spanish national team has stood out. Even though the team, perhaps, was affected psychologically by the absence of two of the players with the greatest ability to finish (Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso), Spain has shown a brave and spectacular style, with a clear desire to attack in its approach. Sometimes based on the opponent and sometimes depending on the players who were on the field of play, they tried to take advantage of the changes in orientation (created and occupied the spaces on the wings, struck against the opponent’s full backs, crossed with danger, etc).
Other times they tried to penetrate the opponent’s block creating spatial or numerical superiorities within the game. They also tried to play into the free spaces left the opposing teams’ defensive line (using unmarking movements, supports and deep passes from the midfield players and even from the central backs, on some occasions). Spain -which only lost against the two finalists – was the team that tried to implement the greatest number of attacking strategies; they did many things very well, though surely none excellently.