In this special report on how to coach pressing, the top managers who coach this tactic and use it to spectacular effect with their teams are introduced. Pep Guardiola gets his Bayern Munich team to aggressively press high up the pitch forcing play when his team has not got the ball working at a high speed. Jürgen Klopp has brought his “gen gen” pressing tactic to Liverpool to win the ball back immediately after his team has lost it – he talks about understanding when to press and when to stop to utilise the tactic to its full potential.
Luis Enrique wants Barcelona to press as soon as they lose the ball in the other team’s half – working on the intensity of play when they don’t have the ball. Diego Simeone is slightly different as he knows his Athletico Madrid team will have the ball for less time than other teams – they press in packs flooding the midfield to force the opposition back.
In this report with diagrams and illustrations, we explain How Pressing Works and the sessions that follow mirror the ones used by the top teams. There are sessions from Justin Neese the centre of excellence manager at Houston Dynamo, Ricky King the coach education administrator of the New York Red Bulls and Mike Smith youth academy director at 2015 MLS Champions Portland Timbers – plus from David Clarke, editor of Soccer Coach Weekly.
PEP GUARDIOLA – BAYERN MUNICH Occupy the space on the field
JÜRGEN KLOPP – LIVERPOOL Full throttle football
LUIS ENRIQUE – BARCELONA Taking pressing to greater heights
DIEGO SIMEONE – ATLETICO MADRID Everybody together, everybody talks
HOW PRESSING WORKS – Principles of pressing
WHERE AND WHEN – Pressing with overloads
STRIKERS PRESS DEFENDERS – Pressing against 3 defenders
ORGANISE DEFENCE TO COUNTER Pressing with focus on the ball
- PRESSING TO WIN
- HOT PRESS – Pressing by individuals
- FULL PRESSURE – Pressing as a team
- PRESSING MATTERS
- WING PRESSURE – Pressing to the wings
- PRESS OR HOLD – Control without possession
- PRESSURE AND SUPPORT
- SUPPORT WORKER – Fun way to press
- COVER AND BALANCE – Pressing when out of balance
- WINNING THE BALL
- REPEL ALL RAIDERS – When to press, when to recover
- TACKLE AND COUNTER – Pressing with overloads