Senegal goes into the World Cup for the first time since 2002, with hopes that individual quality up front will win them the place that leads to knockout stage. Senegal switched between formations with 4 and 3 at the back, and have recently been organized in 4-4-2 shape with Mane playing in behind main striker.
TThe strongest areas of the team are in midfield and up front. With Kouyate, Gueye and N’Diaye in center of midfield they have the real engine that can work both ways due to great physical attributes of players and their workrate.
- In attack they are over reliant on individual qualities and blistering pace of Mane and Sarr, who will use every opportunity to make runs in behind the defensive line and receive long balls from midfielders or Koulibaly.
With Balde Diao Keita they have a very good option that can come off the bench and play in any attacking position, and provide more threat in final third.
- The weakest area of the team is deffinitely at the back, as all defenders except Koulibaly are prone to making individual mistakes. Full-backs are the weakest link in defense.
Due to man marking responsibilities they were often drawn way out of positions by the movement of opponent’s wingers, and have failed to track back on time frequently.