Flat Back Four – When To Press And When To Drop

In this video at 1:39 Arrigo Sacchi demonstrates a good exercise to teach a flat back four when to press and when to drop. This exercise from Dick Bates takes that principle and expands on it in a very rich exercise that covers not only when the back four should press and drop but also how…

The Touchline – Pressing Basic Principle

The touchline is the best defender. Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola’s opinion on the use of the touchline as part of a pressing strategy. Also echoed in this article on his mentor Van Gaal. Van Gaal’s teams press in a fluid shape, compacting central areas and forcing opponents wide, where the touchline is used to restrict…

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…