The Broken Promise of the Offensive 3-5-2 in Tactics, Training & Strategies Discussion Posted March 13 18 hours ago, Experienced Defender said: The higher/more urgent the pressing, the more disrupted your defensive shape is, because players tend to move early and more eagerly from their positions in order to press the opposition player with the ball as soon as possible and more aggressively than with a lower or normal pressing intensity. So more space is left behind for the opposition to exploit. Logically, the better your opponent is, the more likely they will be to successfully exploit these gaps you are leaving by high pressing. The attributes you mentioned - such as stamina, work rate, aggression, tackling (and a few more) - are useful when you play a high-pressing game, but they aren't almighty and there are teams that are able to beat high press even if your players are really good at it. And after all, you can play high pressing football without going to extremes, because geggen-press is just one - the most extreme - type of high pressing, but there are also others that are more nuanced. Thanks once again for the informative response! Considering what I wrote initially about what I want to achieve tactically, would you mind giving your input on how you would set a 3-5-2 up? I am not looking for just a simple plug-and-play tactic but given that I feel I have become slightly stuck in getting the football to where I want it to be and your insights so far it'd be interesting to hear how you would do it. I have scaled the pressing back a bit and am trying to pay more attention to how the players perform with slight changes to their roles but it can be hard to interpret if I am getting closer to the style I am looking for.