We played a 4-1-4-1 based on counter-attack. A 4-3-3 should lead to a more possession-oriented game.
Yup. Teams that play 4-3-3 normally hold on to the ball a lot. ( Barca & Arsenal come to mind ). The best way to play a 4-3-3 though is to have a relatively big target man (Unelss its a 4-3-3 with a Fake #9, like Barca do with Messi), and to have two wingers that are able to cross the ball, but also attack defenders and have a striker mentality.
Pretty much 50% of the teams in EPL, La Liga or Ligue 1 are playing 4-3-3 right now. Playing possession football and playing on a 4-3-3 isn't correlated by any means.
True, but there's a difference inbetween the 4231 and the 433. Lots of teams play the 4231 these days, but it looks like a 433 due to the wing play. The teams that are actually capable of playing 433 aren't abundant. You need the right players, especially in the midfield and the wings.
Although I do agree that 433 doesn't directly mean possesion football, it is something that makes sense since your three midfielders are relatively close to each other, and therefore can help the ball move more fluidly
Arnaud had a great game. Our midfield in general was much better than usual tonight. I'd like to see what MDV could do in this formation. We lacked a killer instinct tonight, we should have won the game. Oh, and please, start Smith, he deserves it and Nyassi was bad tonight.
Great match by Mapp, but every attack had to pass on his side. In the second half, they never switched flanks and only relied on him and Camara on the right. Might have cost two points
It's been like that in the past couple of games... Last game, every attack went on Nyassi's side because Romero was god awful. And Schalli, both times, took too much time to sub in a better winger to help the attack.
Anybody noticed that Romero looked better behind the striker than on the flank?
That's cause naturally Romero actually is a striker
EDIT: Blake Smith playing Striker.. And he almost scored a screamer from outside of the penalty box on the right flank. An absolute rocket going straight for the top of the net in the left corner. Wow. Grazed the crossbar
Blake Smith is playing amazingly today. Hes so much more confident on the ball. Hes doing stepovers, skills, running at defenders & taking powerful shots. I don't know if its a lack of confidence infront of the big MLS Crowds or something, but Schalli has to start playing him more. If his confidence from reserve games translates over to the MLS, we got ourselves a player. Give him game time for confidence
Yoann Gourcuff: 'Why not live in America? We will see!'
He's something that we could defiantly benefit from if healthy. His dad played for the Supra for one year, and Joey has a great relationship with the Lyon administration. So why not? If you don't know Gourcuff, he was dubbed as the next Zidane, but injuries, amongst other reasons, made him "underachieve". Still think of this goal everytime I think of him.
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