Club Name: Deportivo Saprissa
Stadium: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa
Nickname(s): Morados, El Monstruo
Manager: Iñaki Alonso
League Titles: 36
CONCACAF Champions League: 3
CONCACAF League: 1 (2019)
FIFA Club World Cup: 3rd Place (2005)
Style of Play
Saprissa deploys a fluid 4-3-3 system that emphasizes dynamic wing play. The fluidity of the front three creates favorable matchups in the attack; however, it’s only made possible by possessing technically proficient wingers that can operate in a natural, or inverted position.
Utilizing width and stretching the back line allows attackers to make timely runs inside the area. Increased numbers in the final third often brings an overlapping fullback, or a third-man run from midfield. The objective is to create overloads in dangerous areas with aggressive carries from wide areas. Opposing defenders are often tasked with making difficult decisions and at pace.
A lot of pace.
The system has an added dimension. A target man is also an option to draw in the defense, creating opportunities for the wingers to make runs in behind. The supreme technique of the central midfielders makes those long, diagonal, or penetrating passes look commonplace.
Threats exist all over the formation. Goals are not reliant on the front three. Any of the three midfielders can strike from distance as well.
If you ever watch Saprissa and find yourself in awe of a perfectly placed diagonal or penetrating pass, chances are that came off the foot of Mariano Torres. The Argentine will often drop deeper in possession to see more of the ball, so that he can dictate rhythm and tempo.
Jimmy Marin is the definition of dynamic wing play. He is always a threat to make runs in behind the defense, but has no qualms taking down a defender in 1v1 situations. His ability to play inverted and on his natural right side allows him to exploit individual matchups.
Christian Bolaños is nearing the end of his career, but that hasn’t prevented him from being an impactful player in the final third. His versatility allows him to play any of the front three positions and provide service from midfield. Bolaños’ movement often creates space for overlapping fullbacks in the attack, creating dangerous overloads in the final third.
|#||Player Name||Position||Playing Style|
|13||Aaron Cruz||GK||Penalty Specialist|
|38||Sergio Cespedes||RB||Attacking Fullback|
|42||Matthew Bolanos||LB||Attacking Fullback|
|34||Walter Cortes||LB||Attacking Fullback|
|29||Luis Jose Hernandez||LB||Attacking Fullback|
|20||Mariano Torres||CM||Deep-Lying Playmaker|
|10||Marvin Angulo||10||Creative Playmaker|
|7||Jossimar Pemberton||10||Creative Playmaker|
|26||Daniel Colindres||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|80||Jimmy Marin||Winger||Inverted Winger|
|21||Julen Cordero||FWD||Mobile Striker|
|31||Tristan Demetrius||FWD||Playmaking Winger|
|2||Christian Bolanos||FWD||Advanced Playmaker|
|9||David Ramirez||FWD||Mobile Striker|
|24||Orlando Sinclair||9||Target Man|