An analysis of a pressing trap

You don’t need the ball in order to dictate the play. A clever positioning and closing down can force the opposition to play where you want them. But that is only the half of the full story.

Creating an efficient pressing trap, and training it, is one of the most difficult coaching tasks. As the game is so fluid, it is difficult to predict how exactly will it go. However, it all starts with individual roles and duties.

Here we will take a look at a pressing trap that is set to provoke a diagonal pass towards the weak flank. This difficult to execute pass is a pressing trigger for the team.

You will notice a few points on how it works in theory and how little it takes to break down and how dangerous that can be.

Enjoy!

 

MATCH: Gremio (dark) v Fluminense (white)

Video capturing technology: InStat AUTOCROP

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