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  1. Did you like how he defended? To not overcomplicate things, I would suggest to focus on your primary goal, which I assume was to defend deep and then try to build the rest around that. It’s still hard to judge anything without seeing your tactics. another thing could be to set your line of Engagement closer to the middle of the pitch, but leave the pressing intensity low, if you are getting caged into your defensive third too much
  2. The Limitation of trough balls is the space behind the defense that is exposed by the other team. So, if the other team is sitting very deep, it is unlikely for throughballs to happen. to simply exploit that space, add pass into space Another thing is the teams passing instruction. While the slider is primarily about the passing range, it still leads to a conflict of penetrating space with a pass and maintaining possession. The quality of a pass, whether it’s played long/short/in the air/flat, is primarily down to the players technical ability and the demand of the receiving player.
  3. Well, I wouldn’t fully agree. In real life the underdog teams don’t intend to win against the big clubs if they park the bus. They sometimes just don’t want to loose high and may be lucky with a counter attack or two. However, when they play against other underdog teams the play completely different and may even press high up the pitch and attack the goal. There is also a big difference in counter strategies. small teams need all 10 players behind the ball while stronger teams may be able to defend with less players. did you try a support duty striker yet? He will help your team to
  4. A high pressing intensity forces the other teams players to be more urgent with their decisions in general. Even with your team being instructed to take more time for their decision, your players will make high tempo decisions when they are pressured to not loose the ball. However, if they are technically well suited or the pressing intensity of the other team is not high enough, a lower tempo will tire out the pressing team, as they trying to run at your man all the time. On the other hand, a highter tempo will allow your players to more often exploit the space behind the pressing defend
  5. So first of all, you didn't really got dominated at least at the derby match ;-) However, especially on the Leicester match, you can see very clearly what happens. They completely abuse the space behind your defense, just watch the first two highlights. The main problem here is, that you try to fit in a "rather cautious" defensive style into one of the most aggressive systems (which is a 4-2-3-1). I will drill this down a bit more. Split Block Pressing is a style where deep sitting teams allow their forward players to press the opposition when entering their half to distract co
  6. what does exactly happen? Try to be as detailed as possible.
  7. Playing with a deeper LOE will ask your team to invite pressure. To have that happen efficiently, you need to choose a formation, that is in its structure made to do so. No dangerous areas should be exposed naturally and it should contain numerical superiority in the area you are trying to defend in. You will see the negative effects of not doing so, most likely when the other team does actually increase their pressure. So what I think happens is, that your formation and setup simply does not fit your playing style against high pressing teams
  8. I would start with your basic tactic and the tweak during the match. Don’t make more than 2-3 changes at a time and than Check first for like 15-20 mins how it goes. Remove Counter TI standard or higher LOE with higher pressing intensity lower tempo create more mobility from deeper areas switch winger to an inverse or playmaker role.
  9. The answer is not as easy as you might think, because the decision of how to combine roles, pretty much depends on how you want to play. Also the space, that Is exposed by the other team does affect how efficient your setup will be. Mobility at the frontline will usually create depth and help your team with quick transitions. mobility from deep will usually create complex build up patterns and movement
  10. Are the other Teams are sitting deep? Your team is looking for fast transitions from deeper areas. It is incredible hard to score with such a tactic against teams that focus on keeping players behind the ball. Quick transitions usually are quite simple and predictable and key is to transition faster than the other team does, which obviously is close to impossible when they are staying back. for those games, you need to create more mobilty from deeper areas to establish overlapping patterns and allow your players to be more patient with the ball. you can Switch back to your
  11. it would be a nice addition to the game for those who are interested in women’s football. however, personally I would not like it to replace some other feature.
  12. Ok then. If dribble less doesn’t fix it, I would still try the tempo. It’s often hard to say whether it’s from bad decision making or an instruction.
  13. Well, that doesn’t sound like a dribbling issue. Simply because dribbling has nothing to do with crossing. It would be a dribbling issue, if a) the player looses possession when trying to beat his man by running by him or b) your player is getting isolated without passing options due to his dribbling run. so I assume, it’s either a tempo issue, with tempo being too high, or simply a player with bad decisionmaking (including vision, teamwork, anticipation) overall. However, players tend to cross from wide areas in this year ME. So it can’t be nullified completely
  14. That’s correct sir, but you may need to change your set of roles and duties and instructions as well, to fit your new approach. For example, it doesn’t make sense to go with an attacking mentality, where all players decision making is about to move both players and the ball forward, to denie penetration with ultra short passing instructions and no players who are instructed to create depth and penetrate space. What will happen is: your attacking line will be compressed with no options to move the ball forward and your team will most likely loose possession, try a nonsense cross into a pa
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