Ultra Offensive (Barcelona) Pressing Basic Principle

The basic principle being to pressure the ball for five seconds and then drop off

This a quote from an article on Van Gaal from the guardian.

When we lose the ball I don’t want my team to run backwards, I want them to win it back in the quickest possible time

Van Gaal’s teams press in a fluid shape, compacting central areas and forcing opponents wide, where the touchline is used to restrict space for opponents before intensifying the pressure.


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