Breakdown: when all-out attack backfires

In their past two matches Melbourne City have trailed at the 70-minute mark and, in both instances against the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory, coach John Van ’t Schip has had the same response.

His go-to move when chasing a game is to remove holding midfielder Erik Paartalu, who plays at the base of the midfield triangle as a #6, and bring on Paolo Retre, a tall, energetic youngster who goes on as one of the advanced midfielders, with Aaron Mooy dropping into Paartalu’s role.

The intent of the change, it seems, is to get Mooy on the ball more often in time and space, with Retre’s role to press on opposition midfielders, help win the ball and also create space for the #6 with his energy.

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