TPM Football – Match Tutorials – Defending as a Unit

TPM Football – Match Tutorials – Defending as a Unit
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It is important for new players to understand that trying to aggresively press the ball is normally a bad idea. This is because experienced players are normally good enough to maintain the ball even when being pressed. As a result, pressing can give the opponent an easy opportunity to advance the ball up the pitch. In this first example, the blue team are currently in a good defensive shape. Every attacking player in Red has a Blue player standing directly in front of them and they are in a solid line. However, players often lack the discipline to maintain this defensive shape. In this example, Zetrox decides to come out of the defensive line to press – however, this was not a wise move as he is too far away and the Red team are near the half way line so there is little danger in letting the Red team have the ball in this area. Essentially there was no need to break out of the defensive line to pressure. This makes it easy for YNWA to pass it to Olmo who is now in a lot of free space as a result of Zetrox’s pressing. This gives the Red team an easy chance to take a shot on goal. This next example shows that by being patient and having a disciplined defensive line, you force the opponent to either try and dribble past you 1vs1 or they’ll try to make a difficult pass. This often gives the defending team a good chance to win the ball back. Notice how Hofss presses Catfish when Catfish has the ball but as soon as Catfish passes the ball back to Karagounis, Hofss runs back into the defensive line PRESS RETREAT Also notice how all the Red players are still standing behind the Blue attackers. Also notice how Kiro constantly tracks the run of Kyrie ensuring that Kyrie doesn’t have free space to run into He tracks him running to the left. He tracks him running to the right. Finally notice how throughout this play, Marcos Trindade has been making sure that Empi doesn’t have enough space to receive a cross field pass by staying close and in front of him. In the end Catfish losses the ball while trying to pass as Hofss has him covered tightly. The overall point is that the defending team needs to stay in a line together and not move out of that defensive line until the opponent comes close enough to tackle with the right mouse button/left mouse button. Full speed clip 1 – bad example of defending as a unit Full speed clip 2 – good example of defending as a unit

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