THE WORKINGS OF THE 4-2-2-2: A THREAD👇
🔵 High-Block Pressing
🔵 Building in the 1st phase
🔵 Role of the #10's
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Natural Strengths and Weaknesses of the 4-2-2-2 system👇
A system utilised by teams such as; Southampton, PSV Eindhoven and Red Bull Salzburg.
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In Possession: 4-2-2-2 with the 'Number 10's inverting more centrally into the Half-Spaces (Creating central overloads)
Out of Possession: Reverting to a more standard 4-4-2 formation with the 'Number 10's' shifting wider to track the outside channels
4-2-2-2 Defending in a High-Block (Pressing Structure)
🔵 Pressure on 1st Pass
🔵 Man-oriented structure
🔵 CF dropping deeper to solve 3v2 midfield superiority
Mid-Block (Delay, Deny, Deflect Principles)
🔵 Reverts to a more standard 4-4-2
🔵 Narrow structure to deflect play around the block
🔵 Wider channels present a 2v2 match up
Low-Block (Compactness and Pressing Triggers)
🔵 Maintaining central compactness (Using natural shape to force play wider)
🔵 Central channels zonally marked (Centre, Left/Right Half-Spaces covered)
🔵 Pressing trigger is the ball into FB/Winger (Using touchline as a defender)
4-2-2-2 In Possession (Building from the GK)
🔵 Diamond structure (GK, CB's and the Six)
🔵 11 & 7 inverting centrally with CF dropping deeper
🔵 Aims to create central overloads whilst freeing space in wider areas
CM Rotations (3v2 central underload)
🔵Outside/Inbetween rotations to receive from CB's
🔵 Aims to receive outside opposition block
🔵 Allows the team to build initially with three players (Frees up space for other players to receive)
The role of the #10's
🔵Operate in between the oppositions defensive lines
🔵Technically proficient to receive on the half-turn
🔵 Freeing up space in the wide channel for the FB's
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