To effectively implement the defensive principle of Concentration, players in different positions must understand and fulfill their specific roles within the team.
Defenders are responsible for maintaining a compact defensive structure, ensuring that there are no gaps or spaces for the opposition to exploit.
Clearing the ball:
Defenders should prioritize clearing the ball out of danger and away from the penalty area, preventing the opposition from creating goal-scoring opportunities.
When one defender moves out of position to press the ball, others must provide cover, ensuring that there are no gaps in the defensive line.
Defenders must close down the opposition quickly, preventing them from having time on the ball to make penetrating passes or runs.
Midfielders should drop back to help defend and maintain a compact defensive structure when the team is under pressure.
Pressing the opposition:
Midfielders must press the opposition quickly and aggressively, preventing them from having time on the ball to make penetrating passes or runs.
Cutting off passing lanes:
Midfielders must anticipate and cut off passing lanes, making it harder for the opposition to penetrate the defence.
Winning the ball:
Midfielders should aim to win the ball back quickly, either through tackles or interceptions, to prevent the opposition from creating goal-scoring opportunities.
Press get back
Defending from the front:
Attackers should be the first line of defence, pressuring the opposition to make quick and potentially inaccurate passes, disrupting their attacking rhythm.
Attackers must also track back and defend when the team is under pressure, contributing to the compact defensive structure.
Attackers should aim to prevent counter-attacks by the opposition, making it harder for them to quickly transition from defence to attack.
Attackers can also contribute to Compact Defending by initiating quick counter-attacks, catching the opposition off guard and exploiting gaps in their defensive structure.
By understanding and executing their roles in applying Compact Defending, players in different positions can work together to prevent the opposition from creating goal-scoring opportunities, maintain a compact defensive structure, and potentially launch quick counter-attacks to catch the opposition off guard.