Barcelona v PSG
17th February 2021
This report was created in December 2022
Sergino Dest stands at 5’9″ with a slim fit build. Physically, he handled himself very well against all contacts keeping his balance and not going down easily. He showed very explosive acceleration and overall speed, allowing him to be one of the fastest players on the pitch. He showed great agility and had the ability to change directions quickly while marking opponents. One of the best characteristics he had was his work rate during this match. He constantly pressed hard, giving his opponents little to no chance of reacting.
Sergino Dest has excellent first-touch abilities. His quick frame allowed him to perform well under give-and-go situations. The majority of his touches in this game all came from short passes. Dest did not attempt any long balls and would only look to play his center-back or winger. He is a confident dribbler and looked most comfortable when spread out on the sideline. Dest did not look like a risk-taker, he played simple and only made the appropriate passes needed to keep possession of the ball.
According to statistical ratings of the game from various sources, Dest averaged a score of around 5.8 out of 10. Tactically speaking, Dest looked to have accomplished what his manager asked of him. It was clear from the start that Dest was in charge of man-marking Mbappe. This was no surprise he was chosen to mark him as Dest performed well in terms of keeping up to speed with Mbappe’s runs. Although his man-marking was great, he did seem to lack situational awareness in marking off the ball. Occasionally, he would drift towards the middle colliding too close with his center back and at one point Mbappe scored the second goal due to him losing his mark.
Dest showed to remain calm on and off the ball. He showed no signs of frustration and kept his composure. He seemed to lack signs of communication with his center back when they had possession. Many times, he was wide open and his center-back decided to switch the play. He could improve on his confidence to ask for the ball.
Dest looked to have completed what his manager asked of him. His statistical rating on paper did not show what was physically seen in the game with his off-the-ball movements. It looked clear from the start that Dest was the designated man to keep a close eye on Mbappe. I believe this tactic caused Dest to play more defensively as he had chances to move up but would stay back. Tactically, it showed that Barcelona’s game plan was not to use Dest’s side to attack as that is where Mbappe played most of the game. Barcelona attacked the majority of the game from the left wing. This also gave Barcelona’s right wing (Dembele) very few chances throughout the game. Overall, Dest looked like a true natural right back. Fast on and off the ball. He lacked situational awareness but that is an aspect of the game that can be improved upon. In terms of attacking, there were minimal attacking opportunities for Dest. He also stayed back and defended at center field during all of Barcelona’s set pieces. Further analysis of a game where he isn’t strategically placed to defend all game is needed to analyze offensive movements.
Dest throughout the game showed quality signs of a high-pressing defender. Due to his speed, he would cover a lot of ground and immediately press on the forward giving them little to no space to turn toward goal.
Played more defensively
Dest seemed to stay back creating a defensive line of 3 when the opposite full-back pressed up. The opposite full-back (Alba) seemed to be the preferred method of attack down the line as he would push up higher than Dest on almost all occasions.
Drifted Towards Center
Dest on the defensive end would find himself drifting deep in towards the center on multiple occasions. There seemed to be a lack of awareness throughout the game as it looked like he was more focused on where the ball was at instead of his surroundings.
Dest has a really good ability to time his tackles, especially on fast-moving targets.
Drifted Towards Center
It was clear that in the first half Dest was tasked with man-marking Mbappe. Mbappe started the game as a winger with Icardi as the central forward, which caused Dest to continually drift towards the center with Pique causing confusion. This lack of confusion in man-marking Mbappe caused Dest to collide with Pique, which allowed Mbappe to play Icardi the ball and shoot with no one marking him.
Continued to show pace
Dest continued to show great pace throughout the first half with any 1v1 against Mbappe. Dest’s pace allowed Mbappe to slow down his attack and look for other options.
Dest was difficult to outpace
Mbappe would try to outrun Dest but Dest was quick to recover and give Mbappe little space for opportunity.
1v1 with Mbappe. Dest showed composure towards Mbappe moving forward and contained until Mbappe had to pass the ball back.
Lacked situational awareness on the second goal
The ball was played down the right flank and was crossed into the box. Dest followed the ball and lacked situational awareness of the run coming in behind from Mbappe. Losing his man during this play allowed Mbappe to shoot with minimal pressure.