The Wolves Experiment – Crossover
So if you’ve been following my Torino Diaries lately, I have been talking about Counter Pressing. I don’t claim that we can produce or replicate the 3 styles entirely, but I do believe we can capture the essence of the systems in tactics that we make. I do believe that these systems need to be well thought out and we need to give a lot of thought to who plays. So I decided wouldn’t it be interesting to cross over to a club in the Championship, that isn’t a favorite for promotion and try and see if the principles worked? So the goal of the experiment is to find out how a side would do after being set up to follow these principles, the assistant manager will be in charge of all games while this game is run on holiday mode.
Counter Pressing Principles
- Prevent Counter attacks
- Dominate games
- Fluidity of roles
- Working together as a unit
How do you Counter Press?
We will be using a 451, this system plays with 2 Inside Forwards and 1 Striker
- Attributes (Teamwork, Work-rate)
Players need these attributes otherwise, they don’t have the quality needed to have positional fluidity. By positional fluidity I am only explicitly expecting them to support transitions. They need to work as a unit.
We need to play on Very Fluid mentality, to allow for more players to participate in transitions
- High Block/Medium Block
Players in the forward strata are given close down much more. Depending on the grid you want closed down, selected players in midfield strata are given close down much more
- Short Passing
To dominate games, Wolves need to ensure they don’t give the ball unnecessarily, so selected players will be given short passing, these include those that don’t have roles that explicitly require them to create. These positions will also be told to play less risky passes.
Attack roles increased since we will be playing Very Fluid, I need a bit more movement to generate chances. 3 Attack Roles, 4 Support Roles. Each strata placed with one attack role to allow dynamic movement. This is to ensure that even with very fluid, we get more movement vertically across the pitch. I require this for some positional flexibility. Right roles are vital, we need pivots in every area we want our attacking thrusts to come from. For example if I plan to drive through the middle and come in late from midfield there must be an Attack Duty in midfield and a Support/Defend duty in attack to encourage vertical movement.
- Defensive Line
For this experiment the Asst Manager will run the whole season, while I watch television. To encourage the High Block we will play on a pushed up defensive line.
- Tempo will be increased slightly
- To encourage lateral movement around the final third we will use the Work Ball into Box instruction
- Prevent GK short distribution – this shout seems extraneous because we are not operating with a narrow attack and 3 in the box, we will still leave it in
I will play the first season match with the tactic, assure myself of the squad that will play the whole season, and then HOLIDAY till 8th May, hopefully I don’t get fired.
- Asst Manager attributes:
Determination 15, Tactical 16, Man Management 17, Motivating 18, Judging PA 7
Since his PA is low, I really can’t give him too many options in the squad, we shall leave the squad strength at 28 players. That should be enough to cover injuries and allow for sufficient rotation.
So how will the side do? What do you guys think is going to happen?