The key tactical points of Ange Postecoglou’s controversial 3-2-4-1 formation in possession

The key tactical points of Ange Postecoglou’s controversial 3-2-4-1 formation in possession
Australia's Mathew Leckie celebrates his goal during their World Cup Qualifier match between Australia and United Arab Emirates at the Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Key points

  • Back three split across width of penalty box, and goalkeeper supporting build up as sweeper
    • If space in front they can inject to create overload centrally
  • Midfield two starting position behind opposition first line; one can drop in front or outside of the first line to receive
    • If receive facing forward look for a vertical pass into near-side 10
  • Two #10s positioned higher between opposition midfield and defensive lines; look to face forward with movements towards the outside of their nearest opponent facing forward
    • Create a box midfield to overload the opposition in central areas
  • Wingers high as possible while remaining in a line of pass with the ball
    • Movement to attack space in behind the opposition last line if 10 or 6 receives facing forward
  • 9 starting position as high as possible centrally; can move off the line to receive vertical passes if open (often when a player in back three injects)
  • Fluid movements; players can assume other roles and move to nearest position within the system if quicker than returning to their nominal position

Key principles

  • Face forward, play forward
  • Verticality
  • Combination play
  • Movement to get free
  • Penetration from wide areas

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