Football is a fast-evolving sport in every aspect. If you just see two years ago, Pep was questioned about his ability, Julian Nagullesmann had just come into management and Kloop managed to scrape in the champions league. What I am saying is that football changes very quickly and here are 3 of my predictions how it’s tactical aspects are going to change.
- Split Forwards
Splot forwards has not been around for a long time. This may be for the rise of popularity for the formation of 4-3-3 but a lot of big super clubs have 2 starting strikers which means that it be one of the for coaches.
We can take Manchester United’s Victory over PSG in the champions league as one of the example of that tactic. In that game, both Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford played. In that game, they were able to create pressure on PSG’s defenders through oriented pressing. This also prevents full-backs from moving forward as during a counter-attack situation these 2 forwards can run in from behind. This also creates overloads which are very important to modern coaches like Pep and Poch.
I can see this type of system working at Barcelona where they have Griezmann and Suarez, Real Madrid where they have Benzema and Jovic and Arsenal where it was used last season as well with Aubameyang and Lacazette.
2. An Attacking 3-4-3 or 3-5-2
Three at the back is generally considered as a defensive formation but a lot of coaches this generation have started to change it.
Coaches like Julian Nagelsmann of R.B Leipzig and Gasperini of Atlanta have started to change this trend, they have played extremely attacking football with these formations .
Compactness in the midfield creates advantages on and off the ball in both of these teams that played into their tactics. Julian Nagelsmann at Hoffenheim focused the attack through the centre. Looking to create overlords between the opposition lines. Ultimately, attempting to create as many passing options as possible. A compact midfield with support from the back three and dropping forwards allowed for a fluid passing structure that made progressive football.
Hoffenheim’s progressive play can be highlighted by the fact that they had the 2nd most shots per game in the 2018/19 Bundesliga season. Hoffenheim, however, will be patient at times in buildup as they don’t want to easily turn the ball over to the opposition creating a counter-attack. To go along with this Nagelsmann’s men also had the 4th most possession in the Bundesliga and averaged 2.1 goals per game.
3. A More Direct Game
Direct game was not played last year mainly due to coaches and their philosophies but this year it is looking like more and more coaches will just play a long ball up top to their forwards and ask them to create something out of nothing.
A lot of teams midfield has got worse this year from Arsenal who has lost Aaron Ramsey to United who has lost Ander Herrera and has not signed anyone else and Chelsea whose midfield has just got 1 year old. I think that Premier league coaches have got a little worse this year compared to the previous years and that is going to affect a lot of play as the new coaches (Ole Gunnar solskjaer and Frank Lampard) appointed will look to play their ideals methods which are just not common these days.