I am highly inspired in my coaching and tactical philosophy by Pep Guardiola mainly, but I have to mention other historic coaches also, such as Sacchi, Valeriy Lobanovskyi. I like Jörgen Klopp's pressing idea so I would like to implement it later in my carrier when I will have the proper players for it.
At the beginning I have to deal with limited sources and limited abilities. My only hope is that they will be open to new and progressive ideas I would like to work with. And don't forget my opponents are limited too in our own level, so I try to be optimistic.
This post is not a linear one as I would like to introduce my philosophy in a more detailed way, because this is going to be permanent in my carrier, with small changes related to my players' capabilities and the actual situations.
First and foremost, I would like to play with the ball, as long as we don't have the ball we cannot play with it. In my opininon we can simplify football into two phases: ball-possession and recovering the ball-possession. I know about the transitions and they are important aspects of the game but they are only applicable in the relation of the former two. This means my defending is going to be about recovering the ball as soon as possible and as close as possible to the opponent's goal. Of course I will have to make some compromises because of the level of the players, but I will try to implement my philosophy as deeply as I can.
My preffered formations are: 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 and the variations of these. I would like to find the best roles and duties for my players, but the main guidelines are going to be the same.
I don't have enough experience in the adult football so I have to prepare for interacting with the players in a proper manner, and I have a lot to improve in terms of coaching methodology, but I have the motivation to do so.
In the first matches of the season I found out that my players are not capable of pulling out any higher level tactics, so I tried to reduce the instructions given, helping them to simplify the game.
After a few weeks passed I found some success with a 4-2-3-1, with a shorter passing tactic and counterpressing. I mean I gave them nearly these two instructions. Interesting for me, that I gave them the countering instruction in transition, this altered their play that they are trying to play the ball in a more diagonal way instead of a more horizontal approach. We became a bit more direct but our posession percentages are the same, so I am satisfied with this.
I am working with two inside forwards one with a more attacking intent, the forward instructed to get further forward, trying to open spaces by pushing the defensive line deeper. My central midfield partnership is quite conservative, each of them is instructed to be more defending, this gives me a solid presence in the middle of the pitch.
As you see this is a very basic approach, but any attempts with a more complex approach failed. I hope I can progress to a more specific and higher level tactical approach later in my carrier.
In my next post I will introduce the club where I'm beginning my carrier, and I will show some results.