Professional Attacking Tactics

The quality shines through in 25 exclusive attacking plans from the best coaches in English soccer
League Managers Association

Professional Attacking Tactics is a fantastic collection of practices from leading managers the top of the English game. Packed full of pro tips, the practices are clearly and simply explained with colour illustrations. Assuming a basic level of coaching experience, you can use and adapt them to benefit your team’s attacking play.

The managers, courtesy of the League Managers Association, need no introductions: Jurgen Klopp presents counter-pressing as an offensive weapon, Sir Alex Ferguson gives his approach to attacking wing play and shooting, Claudio Ranieri explains counter-attacking and transitions, Gordon Strachan makes sense of attacking using direct central passing, Guus Hiddink targets reactions in the box, while Carlo Ancelotti outlines overlapping against a low defensive block and in counter attacking. See below in the Descriptions tab for the full list of the 25 managers and their practices.

“We want to create hunger towards ball recovery, creating chaotic movements and controlling them by being quick in mind.” Jurgen Klopp.



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These practice sessions are exclusively written for Elite Soccer in partnership with the League Managers Association and are not available elsewhere.

Jurgen Klopp – Counter-pressing as an offensive weapon

Claudio Ranieri – Counter-attacking and transitions

Eddie Howe  – Breaking lines

Sean Dyche  – Penetrating an organised defence. “Typical mistakes include not checking over the shoulder, and from that, players finding themselves being dispossessed.”

Sam Allardyce – Diagonal passing

Tony Pulis – Scoring from crosses. “Balls in from wingers contribute to more goal chances than anything else in the game, so ensuring that attackers make the correct runs is crucial at any level.”

Aitor Karanka – Offensive transition

Carlo Ancelotti – Attacking movement in a 4-3-2-1 formation

Sir Alex Ferguson – Attacking wing play and shooting

Andre Villas-Boas – Working on the counter-attack

Gordon Strachan – Attacking using direct central passing

Michael O’Neill – Positive pockets

Guus Hiddink & Steve Holland – Reactions in the box

Neil Warnock – The confrontation line

Kenny Dalglish – Attacking movement and interplay

Owen Coyle – Changing the point of attack

Alex McLeish – Whole team attacking

Carlo Ancelotti & Paul Clement – Overlapping against a low defensive block and in counter-attacking

Steve McLaren – Transition, rotating and attacking

Roberto Di Matteo – Attacking aims

Gus Poyet – Assisted crossing in the final third

Neil Lennon – Counter-attacking masterclass

Steve Clarke – Penalty box session

Alan Pardew – Playing forward in a 4-3-3

Malky Mackay – Overlapping



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1 review for Professional Attacking Tactics

  1. Jason Carney

    This magazine has helped my development as a coach and therefore improved my players. You get to see the kind of practice format the Pro’s use and you can either copy the session or tweak it to fit your group. A must for all aspiring soccer coaches.

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