Pressing as a team in a 4231
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Pressing as a team in a 4231
PRESSING AS A TEAM IN A 4231ANTHONY HUDSONUEFA PRO LICENSE WWW.ANTHONYHUDSON.COM
MOMENT WE LOSE BALL………Can we win it back immediately? Yes or If No…. Slow opposition (attack) down Get into our Defensive Shape
WE ARE THE REDS – OUR RIGHT BACK ON BALLOur attacking players make forward runs and commit themselves in advanced positions
RIGHT BACK GIVES BALL AWAYOpposition CB intercepts with our players out of position and spread out.
Players nearest to the ball, try and slow play down. Get goal side, screen passes, threaten apass, mark two players, threaten to tackle….slow play down, buy time….dont sell yourself.
Nearest man gets goal side and tries to slow play down. Rest of team recover/drop into ourdefensive shape. Compact. Narrow. Opposition cant play through or in behind us.
Decide a point where we drop to and start defending from. Now in good shape. Keep ball infront of you. As ball moves, team shifts. Distances stay the same as you shift. Now on frontfoot, ready to go press.
The ‘Trigger’ - First pass that comes in and we can get pressure on – we go. The first defender dictates (Trigger)and rest of team supports. Press at pace.Keep play down one side of the pitch. First defender bends runs – cuts the line off (keep play inside) then goesto the ball. Supporting players approach and mark the correct side in order to keep play down one side of pitch.Opposition can not turn and play out the other side. Mark/appraoch the correct side.
The tighter the first defender gets the tighter the rest of the team can go. Centre midfieldersmake sure to stay tight and mark on the inside, opposing player cannot turn out.
FW – 39 stays in shape, in case the first defender gets beat. But he stays on his front foot, ready togo press if they play back to the CB or GK. If he goes and presses he angles his approach so theplay stays down this side of pitch.Opposite WM – 44 stays compact and supports his CM in case he gets beat, but slightly advancedand on front foot, ready to press other CB if they try and play back/out.
POTENTIAL PROBLEMS – KEEP DISCIPLINEWith NO pressure on the ball and the ball down the middle of pitch – Back Four Open BodyUp (shoulders in line with both goals)And be ready to deal with any balls in behind. Open body – give yourself best chance of headstart on your attacker running in behind.
With NO pressure on the ball and the ball out wide. Back four gets square on. Body shapefacing the goal in front. Make sure we see the ball and your man and over your shoulder.Don’t get turned facing the ball, unable to see whats behind.
With NO pressure on the ball and no chance of getting pressure on the man AS THE BALLGETS THERE, players must stay and keep there shape. All that happens is they now just playround and expose the space just opened up.
Let them have the ball in those areas. There is no danger here. Stay in your shape. Go presswhen the moments right.
KEY POINTS………The nearest man slows play down (go to ball and/or screen forward pass) Defenders delay the play / Buy time Team mates drop into defensive shape as quickly as possible Team stays compact and keep the ball in front of themOnce in good defensive shape the team now looks for the right moment to press – look for the Trigger.
WHAT EFFECTS HOW WE DEFEND?State of the game. 1-0 down/up – Man up, man down Characteristics of players (pace/size of defenders, pace of attackers, etc) Mentality of players and culture of country/club Playing home or Away / 1 or 2 Legs The Weather (Temperature)