IntroductionAs with the majority of my tactics, this is a very fluid system I prefer my teams to be close together showing for the ball and working the ball upfield together. Attacking and defending in unison, when putting together this tactic I was originally working on the WM formation before tweaking with the WW system used by the Hungarian national team in the '50s. The tactic sort of developed from there into the tactic you can see below.
The TacticThe tactic aims to play a possession game full of short intricate passes alongside intelligent movement from players to wreak havoc in the final third. With no recognised out and out striker, the opponent's defence needs to either step out playing a higher line which leaves room in behind for the Shadow Strikers to exploit. Or if they hold a standard line they leave space and time for the forwards to play in between the lines. I have put together a video to show the type of football you can expect to see when using the tactic.
The team is compact and close together to help aid both the possession style and the pressing game when in transition. The team shape already exaggerates the compactness of the team preventing space between the lines for the opposition to exploit. Once the ball is won the team will look to counter at speed and numbers to overload and overwhelm the opponent's defence.
Without the ball, the team uses a split block method of pressing. The front players press with high intensity to unsettle the opponents preventing them time and space on the ball. Whilst the forwards press the defensive players to retain their shape and look to mark potential passing options forcing turnovers. The defence holds a high line to squeeze the opposition forcing them to play with a greater risk by making the pitch smaller.
The ResultsNo OI's and I used the Cadoni training schedules.