Trends analyzed in the whitepaper
The 2019/20 UEFA Europa League had familiar winners, but the way Sevilla captured the trophy from the first pitch of 213 clubs was the subject of discussion and in-depth analysis from UEFA's technical observers. published in the technical report.
2019/20 Europa League technical report
Each game beyond 16 rounds was analyzed by technical observers and separate reports were produced to ignite an ongoing discussion about the latest tactical and technical trends in the game.
The secret of Sevilla's success is revealed, not only thanks to their high turnover of 73, but in an exclusive, enlightening interview by their coach Julen Lopetegui, who was the architect of the Andalusian club's sixth championship. An anomalous year for all, his approach and ideas regarding the COVID-19 pandemic interrupting action is a source of coaching wisdom, confirmed by the observations of UEFA's Technical Observers: Thomas Schaaf, Packie Bonner, Savvas Constantinou, Jerzy. Engel, Dušan Fitzel, Stefan Majewski, Jarmo Matikainen, John Peacock and Peter Rudbæk.
With a total of 548 goals, an average of 2.78 goals per game (or every 33 minutes), the way the 48 clubs that reached the group stage set their stands to be successful was the source of controversy. Through the beating midfield heart of Shakhtar Donetsk, he was intercepted to reveal what the most successful approaches were, from Sevilla's high press to Internazionale Milano's bold backstory.
Indeed, with the advent of a new rule allowing goal kicks to be played short, how each club interpreted this new scenario produced some interesting findings. With the aid of verified observations of collective and individual heatmaps, individual performances and statistics, the different approaches were analyzed highlighting the pros and cons of former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner.
Among the more predictable trends were outliers such as Austrian club LASK, whose bold offensive play was rewarded, and a Manchester United side that grew up with one of the youngest teams in the competition's history.
Meanwhile, the influence of VAR making its Europa League debut and a radical new format culminating in eight clubs landing in Germany for a dramatic knockout result were among various other considerations that came under the microscope.
Aiming to provide coaches across the continent with useful material for their own development, the report will be available in three languages, English, French and German, and will be available to members of the coaching family in Europe.
It is hoped that development coaches can help keep up with prevailing styles and strategies at the highest level of club play.
It is currently available in digital format at www.uefatechnicalreports.com.
Over the last 25 seasons UEFA has published more than 130 technical reports on club and national team competitions based on the opinions of leading coaches acting as technical observers.