Also, when defending in block, En-Nesyri is always ready to press not only center backs but also to block progressive passes to the opposite holding midfielder, managing to hinder the opposite attack.
In the examples below, we can see how Morocco is pressing in a medium block and their striker is making numerous and continuous defensive efforts to ensure the back line cannot circulate and find advantage. In the first play, despite not being able to block the passing line at his back (important individual fundamental in defense), his effort allows to hinder a rapid progression and forces the opponent to progress in a space where Morocco has numerical superiority. This allows them to recover the ball and play fast to En-Nesyri, who makes a big effort to run for a long ball and then to press the Canadian goalkeeper, forcing him to commit an error that ends with Morocco’s first goal of the match.
In the second example, Morocco is also defending in a medium block, and again, En-Nesyri triggers the pressing to Eden Hazard, forcing him to play a pass that provides no advantage to Meunier, and allowing Morocco to recover the ball. As we have seen, En-Nesyri offers his team high intensity and continuous defensive efforts, allowing Morocco to defend higher in the pitch, guiding the opponent to areas which are favorable to the ‘Atlas Lions’ defense, and allowing them to hinder and deactivate the opponents’ attacks.