Stabæk – match Report vs Sandefjord 24/06/20

On the third matchday of the Eliteserien Stabæk Fotball welcomed Sandefjord in the Nadderud Stadion. The home side easily won with 2-0, after Sandefjord went down to 10 men when midfielder Pálsson received a second yellow card in the 60th minute.

Jan Jönsson’s Stabæk played a very dynamic 4-2-3-1 formation which in build up sometimes changed to a 3-4-3. They created a lot of chances and were unlucky to score only two times. Defensively Stabæk looked really solid only conceding one shot on target.

Ratings

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, re-watch
  • D – Below average in this match

Emil Bohinen

Emil Bohinen

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 12/03/1999
  • Current club: Stabæk Fotball
  • Career: Stabæk Fotball
  • Position: Defensive Midfield
  • Secondary Positions: Centre Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Left

Emil Bohinen played as the defensive midfielder for Stabæk behind Tortol Lumanza, who played as a more box-to-box midfielder, and Hugo Vetlesen, who played as the attacking midfielder. The 21-year old is 6’1’’, but has to improve physically to play on a higher level. Bohinen is not a weak player, but could get easily outmuscled by bigger players. He also seems to lack some aggression and intensity in duels, for me this is the area where he needs to work on the most.

Despite being quite a tall guy Bohinen is a very technically gifted midfielder. He loves having the ball at his feet and picking out passes. When under pressure Bohinen always seems to remain very calm with the ball. He scans the area around him before he takes his first touch and almost always turns the right way, dribbling past his opponent. He has a very high turning speed, making it very hard to put pressure on him. Bohinen always seems to lead to build-up play of Stabæk, dictating the tempo of play and playing a lot of progressive passes. During the game against Sandefjord he played a couple of beautiful long balls, but he isn’t afraid to slow down the game playing short passes.

When his team had possession Bohinen sometimes dropped back as a third central defender, but on other moments the number 8 pushed up further in the half of Sandefjord combining nicely with Vetlesen and Lumanza. If his team lost possession deep in the half of Sandefjord they would often counter-press. Bohinen played a crucial part intercepting a lot of balls high up the pitch.

Tactically the 21 year-old midfielder seems to be really strong as well. Playing just in front of his defenders Bohinen was constantly forcing Sandefjord to play the ball out to their wingers, covering a lot of ground. He made some crucial interceptions, stopping some dangerous counter-attacks. Bohinen needs to improve on his physicality, but could become a great player.

Rating – A1

Hugo Vetlesen

Hugo Vetlesen

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Age: 20
  • Date of birth: 29/02/2000
  • Current club: Stabæk Fotball
  • Career: Stabæk Fotball
  • Position: Attacking Midfield
  • Secondary Positions: Centre Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Right

Hugo Vetlesen played as the most attacking midfielder out of the three. The 5’8’’ midfielder is not the most physically gifted midfielder, but with his aggression it’s still hard to get him of the ball. Despite being quite small, he was even winning his fair share of aerial duels, showcasing his jumping reach.

When pressing Vetlesen was almost like a second striker next to Edvardsen. He covered a lot of ground and was communicating well with his team, when he wanted them to press too. Defensively he did his job too. Despite Sandefjord playing a lot of long balls to their wingers, Vetlesen always tracked back in case he was needed.

On the half of his opponents is where he was at his best though. Off the ball he made a lot of smart runs between the lines, but if needed he would drop back to collect the ball further down the pitch. Vetlesen operated very well in the small spaces given by his opponents, scanning his surroundings well before getting the ball. He didn’t need a lot of time making decisions and he played a couple of lovely first-touch through balls, finding the space behind the defenders of Sandefjord.

In the 82nd minute Vetlesen scored the decisive second goal of the game. After a nice first touch at the edge of the box he slotted the ball in the lower right corner.

Rating – A2

Andreas Hanche-Olsen

Andreas Hanche-Olsen

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Age: 23
  • Date of birth: 17/01/1997
  • Current club: Stabæk Fotball
  • Career: Stabæk Fotball
  • Position: Centre Back
  • Secondary Positions: Right Back
  • Preferred foot: Right

Andreas Hanche-Olsen played a solid game for Stabæk as the left sided centre-back. The 23-year old if the captain of his side and this season he hasn’t missed a minute yet. At 6’ he isn’t the tallest central defender, but physically he seems to be quite a strong player. He won most of his duels on the ground and he kept up with his opponents, showing some decent pace.

In the air Hanche-Olsen was a threat. He opened the score after 30 minutes after a nice corner from Bohinen. This was already the third chance he got from a set-piece. He was not only a threat for his opponents though. Defensively he made some really poor choices heading two long balls right in the feet of the opponents. This didn’t create any dangerous situations, but that doesn’t make the decisions less poor.

In possession Hanche-Olsen didn’t really have the ball a lot. He mostly gave the ball to the right centre back Amankwah or to Bohinen, who lead the build up. Under pressure he looked quite vulnerable, being quite clumsy while dribbling. However when he had the time he picked out some beautiful long passes. For the Eliteserien Hanche-Olsen is a good centreback, but I don’t think he would succeed in the five biggest leagues from this game.

Rating – B1

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