TESTED WITH BLACKBURN ROVERS = PREDICTED TO FINISH 12TH - FINISHED 1ST
We want to be aggressive to some extent whilst inviting pressure to then hit the opponent on the counter. I have lined this tactic up with a Lower Line of Engagement in an attempt to invite pressure but then once that has been breached, I wanted the tactic to press more urgent to try and win the ball in order to win the ball for the counter-attack. We also want to be direct so I have the use of a Complete Forward (you can switch to Deep-Lying Forward) who is a target and someone who will hold up the ball, whilst having some fluidity with our team shape, having players support each other, roaming for their position. One flank, we have a player cutting in, on the other with having the player running wide and this is where we get our unpredictability with our attacks.
EVERYTHING needs to happen at a quicker speed. So transitions, passing, and even GK distribution needs to happen with speed, and one reason why is because of the Balance mentality. In general, players would be balanced with their risk-taking but in the possession and out, we needed more risk-taking for an effective counter-attack which is why I added the most tempo possible and asked players to take more risks with their passing. And then we ended up with a perfect balance between risk-taking and playing with caution.
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