Fiorentina 1-2 West Ham | Tactical Analysis

West Ham won the Conference League in a very tight match in which Fiorentina’s plan was better but not enough. The Italians’ build-up was based on Amrabat dropping deep to receive between centre-backs, leaving plenty of space for Fiorentina’s line of six to link up between the lines.

West Ham’s response was to move closer to their box to stay compact, although this made transitions more difficult. Fiorentina’s goal came in this play with a good long pass from Amrabat to Nico Gonzalez who won the aerial duel, heading the ball down for Bonaventura, who takes on touch on his left foot before firing past Areola with his other.

Fiorentina created more chances than West Ham but David Moyes’ side capitalised on two mistakes. The first with a penalty from a long throw-in behind the defensive line, Bowen receives as Biraghi races back to cover but the ball clips his hand. Benrahma sends Terracciano the wrong way as he blasts his penalty past the Fiorentina goalkeeper.

And the decisive goal again with Bowen attacking the space, great pass from Lucas Paquetá and the defensive problems are exposed again, leaving Jarrod Bowen alone to score the goal that gave West Ham United the Conference League.

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