Transition and Counter Attacking

Massimo Lucchesi, 2003, Reedswain Books & Videos

When reading the title of the book “Transition and Counter Attacking” I was under the impression I could learn something about attacking in soccer, especially the quick counter attacking after successful pressing, how it is today often used in combination with the 4-4-2, especially in Germany. However, the book solely contains descriptions of defensive situations. It explains very simple the positions of every player, when the ball is in different zones of the field. All common systems are compared to each other,that means 4-4-2 against 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 5-3-2 a.s.o., then the next system is evaluated. Different positions on the field are discussed but also in general the majority and minority situations vertically and horizontally are analyzed to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each system, when played against another one. That sounds very interesting, because it should provide you with all information that are needed to lead a team, but it is hard to read because very repetitive. The other problem is that all the analytical work looks like paper exercises. There is no dynamic described. The positions are solely set up to block the way to the goal but even my untrained eye can easily see passing options, which would work for the attacking team, if the players would move instead of being locked in their position. Additionally to that there are also not many different situations explained , e.g. how the setup changes when the attack progresses and how to act on it defensively. For example, there should be a different way to position or to press, when the wing back plays to the winger a pass and then stays back as a passing option, compared to when he goes behind the back of the winger along the line to offer a passing option down the field or he goes inside in front of the winger forward offering some passing option in the half spaces? None of these moves and their effect on defensive behavior is considered, therefore the whole book just provides a very simplified view on the whole picture and has only limited value in real soccer life and it especially does not describe how to organize a counter attack or how to use the transition moment when getting the ball.

Biography: 0/3
History: 0/3
Background: 0/3
Tactics & Game philosophy: 3/3

Next book: Herr Guardiola (German Feb 7th)


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