donutmedialab.com — Virgil van Dijk defensive style as Real Madrid scored in the Champions League final was highlighted. The Liverpool defender’s action is considered similar to Harry Maguire.
Liverpool lost to Madrid at the Stade de France, Paris, Sunday (29/5/2022) early morning WIB. The Reds lost 0-1 and failed to win the Champions League.
Madrid’s goal was scored in the second half. Vinicius Junior who broke into Alisson Becker’s goal, which then ensured the success of Los Blancos until the long whistle sounded.
The goal came from a stabbed by Federico Valverde on the right wing of Madrid. The Uruguayan pushed into the Liverpool penalty box.
When Valverde penetrated, Van Dijk was actually right in front of him. The Dutch defender tried to block it.
Instead of making tackles or blocking Valverde directly, Van Dijk tried to be patient in closing his movements. Until finally, Valverde made a flat pass to the far post on the left side of Liverpool’s goal.
There, Vinicius was unguarded, escaping Trent Alexander-Arnold’s guard. The Brazilian winger was then able to score the ball into Liverpool’s goal.
Apart from Alexander-Arnold’s negligence in closing Vinicius’ movement, there were other Liverpool players who were highlighted after his team’s goal was broken. It was Van Dijk who was teased.
When trying to block Valverde, Van Dijk only made a tackle by pushing his left foot behind him. The ball sent by Valverde himself did not hit the tackle, so it could go to Vinicius.
Van Dijk’s defensive style was then widely discussed by netizens. The 30-year-old defender is considered to make a bad defensive action.
In fact, there are those who equate Van Dijk with Maguire, a Manchester United defender. Maguire himself often makes tackles back, which style is not effective enough to block the movement of the opponent’s ball.
Opta noted that Van Dijk’s performance did not shine in the Champions League final. The former Celtic and Southampton player only made 50 touches, one clearance, two duels, and made no successful tackles at all.