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 She was named PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year in April 2015 and was also named in the PFA WSL Team of the Year. "I haven't received all the details yet, but if the conditions are similar Iâll probably choose the U.S.," Ji said. Little has been more active than Ji in supporting the defenders. Second colours. Both the players are like any other midfielders in the world, but the character they possess with the ball under their feet is what that makes the difference. In the 4-4-2 formation, both Ingle and Ji move up together which helps Ji focus on one side of the field. This pressing sense of hers has helped Chelsea to make recoveries in the attacking third and also favours their tactics of the high press. Occupying a central role while attacking has helped Ji to have a greater vision of the pitch and many options to pass. 19 year old Engineer from India. Both Little and Ji have their unique role and tactics in supporting their team’s defensive phase which explains the variation of stats in the metrics above. Ronnie Dog Media Comm. " In one of her final matches for the Japanese club, Ji scored against her soon-to-be new club, Chelsea, in the International Women's Club Championship final. The reason why these stats are like this will be analysed in the upcoming sessions in our tactical analysis. One common trait of both these players is to exploit the spaces in the field. Little has a nature of exploiting spaces by herself. Connecting the team’s defence to attack is vital and such a task is never easy.  When the transfer was officially confirmed later that month, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said of Ji: "She is one of the best midfielders in the world and our fans will love her. When Little pushes forward when in possession the second midfielder, that is Lia Walti stays back as the teams’ formation becomes 4-1-1-3-2 from 4-2-3-1. Little loves to take it slow by passing to the nearest person to move the game forward. Arsenal and Chelsea are blessed to have two of the best midfielders on their side namely Kim Little and Ji So-Yun, who make the role of being a midfielder look easy. Ji So-Yun (Korea Republic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Apart from this, her intelligent positioning when supporting her teammates is one of her trait that has to be noted. Die hard fan of Football. With 2.8 dribbles per match, she has a success rate of 78.8%. Being a supporting player, Ji ends up having more number of Key passes/90 and more importantly more goal creating actions per 90. Little’s dribbling ability has been a great advantage to her style of attacking. Other such metrics that value her pass is comparatively less when compared to Ji with an ignorable difference. The Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer in the U.S. and Turbine Potsdam in Germany's Bundesliga apparently have both shown interest in signing her. Midfielders are the backbone of any football team. From the above profile, one can see that both the players have almost the same values in all metrics. , Ji was named Players' Player of the Year after her first season in England, as Chelsea narrowly missed out on the FA WSL 1 league title on the last day of the season. While Ji is known to keep things simple. Whereas Little playing 56 minutes more than Ji, has been a flexible midfielder. It’s nearly impossible to choose a winner from the two but it can be said that they are and will be the best midfielders in the FAWSL for years to come. Along with her dribbling ability and her speed being a plus, Little has been able to exploit and gains the ground by dribbling the ball into free spaces all by her like in the above picture. After her breakthrough performance in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany last month, Ji So-yun is now being courted by football clubs at home and abroad. However, Ji has managed to have better stats than Little in a few metrics with a very less difference. Defending in the mid-third, Ji is cautious not to rush in making those tackles as she knows if she gets beaten then the ball reaches the defenders. With such key traits, Ji acts as Chelsea’s key to escape the tactics of the high press by an opponent team and also helps them to hold on to possession as Ji is always there when the other players are being pressed down. , Ji has represented South Korea at under-17 level and was part of the under-20 team that finished as the runners-up at the 2009 AFC U-19 Women's Championship and third at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Ji’s supportive nature can be witnessed by her positioning at the time of crosses into the penalty area from the below picture. Her intelligence in finding voids and filling the gaps has been a huge asset to Arsenal this season. Kim Little vs Ji So-yun 2019/20 – tactical analysis, FAWSL 2019/20: Chelsea Women vs Manchester City Women – tactical analysis, Serie A 19/20: Atalanta vs Roma – tactical analysis, Superliga 2019/20: San Lorenzo vs Lanus – tactical analysis, FAWSL 2020: West Ham United v Manchester United – tactical analysis, FAWSL 2020: Everton v West Ham United – tactical analysis, Hakan Çalhanoğlu at Milan 2020/2021 – Scout report. Football star Ji So-yun will start talks with the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer in the U.S., according to her management agency AT Sports. Ji, on the opposite, isn’t a very big fan of supporting the defenders in depth. In addition to proposals from football teams in Korea, some well-known foreign clubs have also reached out to Ji. She also takes a lot of attempts from there making her shots per 90 have a higher value and a less shot on target per 90 as she misses most of them. © Copyright 2019 - Ronnie Dog Media All Rights Reserved. One can see Ji turning back to check if any defender is near her and also scanning for her teammates before receiving the ball. Seoul: Ji So-yun, Cho So-hyun and Lee Min-a will all make the trip to the Australian-based Cup of Nations, after Korea Republic head coach Yoon Duk-yeo named the star trio in his 26-strong squad for the tournament, which begins next Thursday. The Boston Breakers are coached by Tony DiCicco, a legendary figure in U.S. women's football who led Team USA to victories in the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 World Cup. , At the 2015 FA Women's Cup Final, staged at Wembley Stadium for the first time, Ji scored the only goal of the match to win the Cup for Chelsea. Ji is more of a supporting player. Her tactics of scanning for opponents before receiving the ball has helped her in decision making. Both have adopted different tactics and have played in different tactical roles according to their managers need. Her spatial awareness has helped in this tactic of the team. Even though, Ji has greater values in passing metrics than Little let us not forget that the difference is very less. Kim Little vs Ji So-yun 2019/20 – tactical analysis. Ji So-yun After her breakthrough performance in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany last month, Ji So-yun is now being courted by football clubs at home and abroad. Despite Chelsea’s effort to make the area compact, Little somehow manages to notice the gap and the run by her teammate. This explains why her number of recoveries per match is high. Arsenal’s defence often tends to spread if the ball is played to the wings. Arsenal and Chelsea are blessed to have two of the best midfielders on their side namely Kim Little and Ji So-Yun, who make the role of being a midfielder look easy. As Little prefers to combine with the attack than support them from behind, her crosses into the penalty area per 90 is less. On 30 November 2006, she became the youngest goalscorer (15 years, 282 days) for the South Korean senior team, after scoring two goals against Chinese Taipei at the 2006 Asian Games. Her continuous threatening passes have helped Vivianne Miedema establish herself this season. She is carefully considering which decision will most benefit her and women's football in Korea. Both moving around in the attacking third to support the play, Little is found to be supporting the defenders more than Ji does. Looking at the stats we can conclude that both have performed similarly, with the only difference being in their style of play. ... 20' Attempt blocked. But she also chooses the aerial route to switch sides when she finds are area too crowded. In the 4-2-3-1 formation, Walti often holds back and covers Little’s area, while Little gets the freedom to move in with the attack to help the team. Both Little and Ji have been a part of the PFA FAWSL Team of the year 2019 as midfielders. She enters the opponent’s penalty area and occupies free space helping the team in outnumbering the defence. 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FIFA Womens World Cup, Round 1-Group A . Her awareness has helped her and the team to maintain possession. Defending only in the mid-third has helped Ji make 4.95 recoveries in the opposition half per match out of her 7.47 recoveries per match. The high press system by Hayes’s team which forces the opponents to choose the aerial route is often won by the midfielders which explain Ji’s success rate in aerial duels being 73%. Realising the danger the opponents could cause if they enter their final third in a counter-attack, Ji also makes those tactical fouls to slow down the game in the middle. While both had their tactics to defend their team, their common goal was to win the ball. However, we should not forget that Little has been more active in the defending third than Ji who likes to win the ball in the mid-third.
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