The idea of high pressing has gained a significant weight in modern football. It is a key factor for teams who want to be proactive in the game and dominate their opponent with the ball. But, is there only one way to press high? The answer is obviously ‘no’. Different coaches ask their players to press in different ways, based on their style and also the characteristics of their players. At Ekkono, we have been analyzing these approaches and categorized them into two styles: Pressing in Block and Pressing in Duels. In this article, we will explain the main characteristics of each style, their pros and cons, and show some examples of teams who press using each style.
Let’s start from the beginning, and talk about the objective. Both blocks and duels are implemented to recover the ball as close as possible to the opposite goal. in a high pressing. In this situation, the majority of our players are on the opposite side of the field. There are two main objectives in this episode: firstly, not let the opponent team lead the action in their build up. This objective might be even more important than the second one – recover the ball as high as possible. However, the team cannot recover the ball all the times, that is why not letting the opponents build up is a crucial point.
Talking about the two styles that are considered below, there are few common principles, such as being in a high position, taking brave actions, etc. Each coach choses one or another approach, based on their preferences, team and individual qualities of the players.