Possession Game – With Angles

Many football coaches want to play with the ball, and many of them love possession games and the high intensity one can achieve by decreasing the area of ​​play. As a football coach I have always advised and made an extra virtue of creating angles and being well positioned before receiving the ball.

It is not a secret that football coaches like Pep Guardiola, Marcelo Bielsa, Julian Nagelsmann and others love to play in smaller areas and with short passes. If you study further, you can see that they also focus on receiving the ball at different angles. It is also my focus point in the exercise that will be presented further down.

The picture below is a clear example of the fact, that the distance to the player and the positioning of the players are specified very accurately, and an important detail for example Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City team.

Another example is Bayern Munich under Hansi Flick. Here you also see a typical trend, the distance between the players is short, you position yourself on the blind side of the pressure and at angles. You can thus that, increase the possibility of orienting yourself forward and thereby save a second or two without being aggressively pressed by the opponent.

Arun Rajkumar

U15 Head Coach, AB


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