MŠK ŽILINA – MATCH REPORT VS MFK Z MICHALOVCE 11/07/2020

A match under the control of MŠK Žilina, the team quickly dictated the tempo of the game. The good use of the wide channels and the good relationship between the full backs and the wingers allowed them to create and exploit spaces in wide positions. The high energy levels of the midfielders allowed them to accelerate the play with technical precision in the pressure zones and to take advantage in the area. All of the players made a good impression, Jan Bernát with 2 assists and 1 goal was highlighted in the final score.

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, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Ján Bernát

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: Slovakia
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 10/01/2001
  • Club: MŠK Žilina
  • Career: MŠK Žilina
  • Position: Attacking Midfield
  • Secondary Position: Centre Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Right

Ján Bernát played as a central midfielder in this 4-3-3 of his team. A position who gives freedom to impact the game in different zone of the field. He had a great impact on the final score.

In a match, where his team dominated the all time, he mostly played in a high position taking advantage of the positioning of Viktor Pečovský first and Miroslav Gono after he replaced Pečovský, with their position in front of the defence they permitted Ján Bernát to play higher. He adapted his positioning, coming into a deep position to participate in the build up play with his game vision he could play vertically with long balls. His activity was mostly concentrated on the left side of the field, he cleverly positioned himself with the left back and the winger to facilitate the possession and transmission of the ball in a high position. He offered a vertical solution between the lines, he can easily orientate himself with his first touch to face the game and exploit space to find players in the area to put them in interesting attacking situations. His right foot is really precise and create danger in the different height of the field. In the first goal, he takes advantage of his advanced position to shoot, the goalkeeper hardly controls the ball and allow Patrik Ilko to score. He also creates the danger in set pieces, he delivered a smart pass at the entrance of the area to find Branislav Sluka who scored.

His high positioning and technical ability permit to play and dominate pressure zone with his ability to play in one touch to accelerate and disturb the defensive line. The good relationship with the other midfielders facilitate combinations. He takes advantage with his great movements, exploiting the space created by Patrik Ilko on his side. He received few balls in great position in the area after great delivering from Branislav Sluka like on the second goal, his diagonal run inside the area permit him to receive, control and dribble inside to open the spaces to permit to the Jakub Paur to score. He also finds a good position after a play of three on the right side to find a shooting position in the area to score. In this match where the team mostly attacked, his defensive contribution did not need to be high. He made good interventions thanks to his great reading game who permit him to anticipate and recover the ball in high positions, after the recovery, he can temporize and accelerate the tempo with his capacity to hold and eliminate to launch the transitions.

Ján Bernát is a technical and intelligent player who takes advantage with his activity with and off the ball. His good run in the final third permit to put him in great position to create danger for him or his partners. He is confident on the ball, he can sometimes prevent himself from trying useless skills with the ball only for the show, playing more simple could increase his influence on the game. It has been his first season where he played as a regular starter on the team, he made a great performance and had a great influence. In 18 matches started, he scored 9 goals and made 4 assists.

Rating: B1/A2

Patrik Myslovic

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: Slovakia
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 28/05/2001
  • Club: MŠK Žilina
  • Career: MŠK Žilina
  • Position: Attacking Midfield
  • Secondary Position: Central Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Left

Patrik Myslovic played in the midfield, he joined Ján Bernát, Viktor Pečovský and Miroslav Gono in a complementary midfield.

An intelligent player who adapts his positioning and activity in function of the need of the team. He could offer a support in building up play, getting in a deeper position to help at the first stages of play. His activity was mostly on the right side, he adjusted his positioning to impact at different height, he could get in a higher position between the lines in the area to open up passing lanes and get in position to shoot or pass and create danger. He offered a direct support for the right back and winger to hold the ball in the opponent’s camp, before receiving the ball he takes the information to scan and play at the reception in one touch with great vertical passes which bring speed to disturb defensive lines. He played good combinations, with his left foot, he could find partners between the lines to accelerate the play. His precise left foot allows him to find key areas in different positions on the field, he found his partners with long balls in the area to create danger a few times. In a higher position, he can find a shooting position even if he needed to make more powerful shots to really surprise the goalkeeper outside the area. At the reception of the ball, he can variate his play with his capacity to hold and drive the ball forward to lead the transition.

Off the ball, he made great movements to attack spaces and receive in key areas to bring danger in the final third. He received a few good balls from Branislav Sluka to get into the final third. His run permitted him to get unmarked and have time and space to adjust his plays. In a match where his team dominated all match, his defensive contribution was not big, but he made a good recovery in high position to maintain the pressure once. He has the ability to create a good situation for his partners, but sometimes he can forget to play with them. His association with Ján Bernát and Miroslav Gono function really well, they adjust their positioning to maintain balance to dominate the midfield. He altered position between the lines and in the base of the game to give his midfield partners more freedom on their play to attack.

Patrik Myslovic shows great activity to take advantage with and without the ball. He has the ability to influence the match in different positions with his precise left foot. He can hold and create a good attacking situation for his partners even if sometimes he looked quite individualistic as he could have played the pass towards his teammates more often. He still needs to be more consistent in his performance, he can disappear during the match with more experience of play, he could improve this aspect of his play. He has the intelligence and technical resources to be an important player of his team.

Rating: A2

Patrik Ilko

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: Slovakia
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 16/02/2001
  • Club: MŠK Žilina
  • Career: MŠK Žilina (Y)
  • Position: Winger
  • Secondary Position: Second Striker
  • Preferred foot: Right

Patrik Ilko played as a winger in this 4-3-3 system of MŠK Žilina, a great activity with and without the ball to energize the attack.

He mostly played on the left side of the attack, he moved to the right side a few times with David Duris but he did not stay a lot on this side. He is intelligent in his positioning and movements to highlight his partners. With an active Branislav Sluka on the left side, he could adapt his positioning to offer freedom of movement for his partner on the left side to animate the attack. In wide position, he creates spaces to let Ján Bernát or Branislav Sluka more space to play in the interior. To allow Branislav Sluka to make overlapping runs, he occupied this half-space position which opens the depth to him. His support play offered a solution between the lines and open the space to Ján Bernát to run in the final third, with this movement he allowed Bernat to find great attacking situations in key areas. A great activity on the left side which permitted the team to create variation on the left wing. At the beginning of the match, after a good shot from Ján Bernát, he takes advantage on the goalkeeper which hardly controls the ball to score and give the advantage to his team.

In this match where the team dominated the all match, he did not have to work a lot in defence. He made recoveries high up the pitch, but his impact was mostly in his attacking contribution. In situations when he holds the ball, he showed great technical ability to dominate spaces against his direct opponents to drive the ball forward and dribble to gain meters. He forced his opponents to commit faults to stop him, he obtained the fault which permitted to score the third goal in set pieces. His influence decreased in the second half-time. He exits the field at the 68th minutes.

Patrik Ilko impress with his off ball activity, he permitted to put him or his partners in great attacking situations to animate the attack. His smart and varied moves create advantage and when he has the ball, he shows great ressource to take advantage on his opponents. With this high work rate, he could get tired and his influence decreased during the match. He begins to play on this end of the season and just scored his first goal, with the experience he could manage better his work rate to influence in a longer period and keep more lucidity in the final gesture.

Rating: A2

Miroslav Gono

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: Slovakia
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 01/11/2000
  • Club: MŠK Žilina
  • Career: AS Trencin (Y), MŠK Žilina
  • Position: Centre Midfield
  • Secondary Position: Defensive Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Right

Miroslav Gono played as a defensive midfielder in a midfield three, he operated alongside Patrik Myslovic and Ján Bernát. His role gave more freedom to his midfield partners. He entered the field on the 12th minute.

In this match, the domination of his team permitted him to play mostly in a higher position. Against an opposition who did not bring a high intensity, his game in the midfield was comfortable. His positioning in front of the defence counteracted the few attacking situations from the opponents. His marking of opponents was efficient and permitted him to recover and limit the attacking play from the opposition. Even if the team did not come under too much pressure, he responded really well in his defensive contribution to protect the defensive third, taking advantage of his good reading of the game to anticipate and intercept or to get close to his opponents. He did not provide much of an aerial presence and as a result the centre half was tasked with this and improving upon his heading ability could relieve the work the centre back was forced to do and maintain the defensive line intact.

At the base of the attack, he has the space and the time to organize the play switching the ball to either side of the field. He can alternate his plays with short and long balls to influence the game in different areas of the field but mostly in a deeper position. His technical ability permits him to hold on to the ball and resist the opponent’s pressure to avoid exposing the team. In this position, he is the first support in the first stage of play, he links up the play effectively in build up phases, scanning for options in front of him. In this deeper position, sometimes he takes the responsibility to drive with the ball to attack, he made good runs to beat the press and launch attacks by himself. Sometimes, due to Patrik Myslovic sitting deep, he had more freedom to position himself higher to get a little more involved in attacking situations. His precise right foot not only permitted him to organize and find his teammates in key areas, he can also posses a threat with his shooting from distance.

His playing time has increaed towards the end of the season. His versatility, technical ability and intelligence allow him to compliment his midfield teammates. He can still improve the intensity of his play. The next step for him will be to find his place as a starter for the next season to cement and improve upon the good performances he has made during this end of season.

Rating: A2

Branislav Sluka

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: Slovakia
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 23/01/1999
  • Club: MŠK Žilina
  • Career: AS Trencin (Y), MŠK Žilina
  • Position: Left Back
  • Preferred foot: Left

Branislav Sluka played as a left back during this match. In this role he had a great importance in the pace of the attack for his team. His good relationship with Patrik Ilko created great opportunities.

In a match where his team dominated the ball, his defensive contribution was limited. His speed permitted him to stop one of the few attacking situations created by the opponents. His left side was used to lead and organize the attack. In the first stage of play, he varied his play between short and long balls. With his precise left foot, he could find smart progressive passes to find space in the opposition half. He could sometimes rush his play, which could lead to a loss, but this did not expose his team. He needs to improve upon his decsion making, as he wanted to play forward even if there was no viable option.

On his side, his variations of positioning and movements permitted him to create spaces and get forward in his channel. His positioning offered a vertical option. He adjusted his positioning with Patrik Ilko, when Ilko drifted inside, he had more freedom to occupy a higher position to offer width. He has a good level of vision and a precise left foot that permitted him to create good situations in wide areas. For the second goal, it was his diagonal pass that found Ján Bernát in the area who assisted Jakub Paur. He made this type of pass a few times to mostly find Ján Bernát and Patrik Myslovič in the area who could get in dangerous positions in the final third. The precision of his passes allowed him to influence the game at different stages: to get out his own half, in buildup play and to create an attacking situation in the final third. He can alternate between short and long balls to influence the match and create danger in different positions. He can also create danger with the ball aty his feet, when Patrik Ilko occupied this wide position, he had the space to cut inside and drive the ball forward. He made good runs with the ball even if he lacked end product at times at the end of his run to exploit the unbalance created. He concluded his performance with a goal. After a good pass from Ján Bernát from a set piece, he received the ball totally unmarked the centre of the area and finished with his right foot to ensure victory for his team.

Branislav Sluka is in his second season as a regular starter in this team. He has the capacity to provide an attacking threat, his precise left foot can be useful in different aspects: in the first stage of play but also creating attacking situations. He has the physical ability to defend well on his side with the capacity to confront his opponents to recover and close space in his channel. He is often at the origin of attacking situations, but he needs to be more clinical in the final third.

Rating: A1

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