FAWSL 2019-20: Manchester City Women vs West Ham United Women tactical analysis tactics

Manchester City Women hosted West Ham United Women in the FAWSL on Sunday. The hosts stood third in the FAWSL table below Arsenal Women and Chelsea Women and eagerly looked to gain three points after losing out in the Champions League recently. West Ham have been struggling this season despite the quality of players that they boast and faced a stiff opposition from the Manchester side. In this tactical analysis we will examine how both teams worked their tactics against each other.

The hosts, coached by Nick Cushing lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Scott and Weir playing as a double-pivot, Hemp and Wullaert operating the flanks and Stanway playing just behind White who played as the target player. In Houghton and Bonner, City had two central defenders who were very comfortable with the ball at their feet. Their game principles were quick buildup to progress through the thirds and feed the ball into the wide flanks for their wingers to chase after. The approach in the final third was very direct and they did not seek to spend a lot of time in possession. This is evident by looking at the statistics.

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