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Advanced Offensive Transition



๐ŸŽฅ Today we are in the MLS! Let's take a look at how to win the ball in advanced positions on the pitch, and later take advantage by creating quick and effective counterattack situations.


๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿซ You will see in the first dynamic drawing that Philadelphia Union (white) implement a man-marking high-press defensive strategy. This creates difficulties for the opposition to progress upfield as the ball is not under control and forces them to make a mistake.


Once the ball is recovered, the first action is a vertical pass away from the active zone. This immediately creates a 4v3 situation with attacking overload in which the Union attackers are running directly at the defensive line with no help from the holding midfielder/s.


They are able to play forward quickly and take advantage of the scenario before the rest of the defending team is able to drop back and help defend.


โœ… High press

โœ… Recover the ball

โœ… Vertical pass forward

โœ… Quickly take advantage of the attacking overload situation



Guillermo Hamdan Zaragoza

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