After stepping away from the game and simplifying things in my head, I wrote down on a piece of paper what I want to do and what my mentality does before I applied any instructions.
I want to play fast direct football, but I don’t want my centre backs hoofing the ball up the pitch and losing possession cheaply.
So, I’ve gone for Attacking mentality due to the quickness and directness. Due to the roles I have in my team, I’m also using a structured team shape.
I want my defensive line to sit deeper so we don’t get caught out with counter attacks and I want them to play it out from the back (no long balls). I want us to be organised and let the players with the most creativity do the creative stuff and everyone else just to carry out their tasks.
I thought that the wide players were too far forward, so I’m changing to a 4411. Our setup is now looking like this.
As for team instructions, going from what I’ve said above and how the attacking mentality works, I’ve only used four.
- More direct passing
- Play out of defence
- Drop deeper
- Be more disciplined
I’ve taken off the close down less from our defenders and given my centre backs a pass shorter instruction. Right midfielder cuts inside like an inside forward. That’s the only player instructions I use. We’ll see how this goes and do some match analysis.