If you research Italian styles of football you’ll no doubt come across the word ‘catenaccio’, which translates to ‘door-bolt’ – a tactical system with a strong emphasis on defence. This is a defence-focused style that primarily looks to deny the opposition goalscoring opportunities. A libero is traditionally deployed to offer cover behind the defensive lines.
- Strictly defensive
- Keep clean sheets
- Low scoring games
- Direct and structured counter-attacks
- Score goals with few touches
- Score placed shots from through balls
Notes from the Creator
The midfield is key to transitional phases. A deep-lying playmaker with a more offensive partner is a good pairing for this tactic – they need to have a high quality range of passing. A holding midfielder allows the wing-backs to ‘bomb on’ when counter attacking, adding further options for forward passes.
You won’t create too many chances, so, you’ll need set-piece experts and/or a very composed finisher up-front.
This tactic features in The Cornetto Series series.
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