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DEFENSIVE TRA NS ITION OFFENSIVE TRA NS IT ION
ATTACKING PHASE DEFENDING P HA SE
PHASE PH ASE

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LINE - UP
4-2-3-1 3- 5-2

J. MARTÍNEZ J. MARTÍNEZ

ALMIRÓN J. GRESSEL
G. GARZA
E. BARCO ALMIRÓN H. VILLALVA

J. NAGBE
LARENTOWICKZ

E. REMEDI J. GRESSEL E. REMEDI

M. AMBROSE
F. ESCOBAR

L. G. PIREZ M. PARKHURST F. ESCOBAR


L. G. PIREZ M. PARKHURST

B. GUZAN B. GUZAN
ATTACKING PH AS E

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ATL ANTA IS A TEA M THAT
WANTS THE BA LL, BUT THEY
DOE SN ´T HAVE LONG
POSSESSIONS; THEY
PROG RESS WHITH A L IT TL E
AMOUNT OF PASSES.

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BUILD U P AGAINST HIGH PRESSING

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TACTICAL REPORT
BUILD UP AGAINST HIGH PRESSING

B. GUZAN, THE GK, IS A CO NSTA NT ACTIVE IN THE BUILD UP TO CREATE NUMERICAL AND POSITIONAL SUPERIORITY.
CENTER BACKS IN AMPLITUD, F ULL BACKS ALSO IN AMPLITUD AND IN A HIGH LOCATION TO CREATE INNER SPACE FOR THE
MIDFIELDERS LIKE REMEDI , G R ESSEL OR NAGBE OR EVEN THE LIKES OF ALMIRÓN OR J. MARTÍNEZ, WHO OCCUPY THE
CE NTRA L CHANNEL .
TACTICAL REPORT
BUILD UP AGAINST HIGH PRESSING
BUILD U P

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TACTICAL REPORT
BUILD UP AGAINST FOLD RIVALS

PIR EZ, THE LEFT CENTER BACK, IS THE MAN WHO STARTS THE GAME; HE IS THE “STRONGEST” CENTER BACK WITH THE
BALL IN HI S FEE T TE C HNI CAL LY SPE AK IN G, SO THE FIRST PASS GOES TO HIM.
TACTICAL REPORT
BUILD UP AGAINST FOLD RIVALS

RE MEDI, THE CENTRAL MIDFI EL D ER, AND THE REST OF THE PLAYERS TEND TO APPROACH TO THAT ZONE, THE LEFT ONE.
LO OK HOW THE Y ORG ANIZE CR EAT ING ANGLES TO MAKE PASS LIN ES.
TACTICAL REPORT
BUILD UP AGAINST FOLD RIVALS

ATLAN TA´S GAME IS VERY ASSOCI AT I V E , SO T H E Y C O NSTA NTLY F IN D THIRD MANS TO ELIMINATE RIVALS PRESSING
LI NES.
TACTICAL REPORT
BUILD UP AGAINST FOLD RIVALS

ALMIRÓN IS A HUGE CHARACTER BETWEEN LINES BECAUSE OF HIS MOBILITY AND QUALITY. HE TENDS TO ATTACK RIVALS
CEN TER MIDFIELDER BA CK AND WITH THAT OBTAIN POSITION AL SU PERIORITY BY FACING OPPONENTS GOAL.
TACTICAL REPORT
BUILD UP AGAINST FOLD RIVALS

BE CAUSE OF THE MIX OF PLAYERS THAT OCCUPY LEFT Z ONE THE Y ATRACT RIVALS OVER THAT AREA CREATING
OVERLOADS, SO F. ESC OBA R , THE R I G H T F U L L BA CK SE TS F RE E TO ATTACK THE OPPONENTS “ WEAK” SIDE. LOOK HOW
ATLAN TA PLAYERS L OCATE IN DI FF E R E NT H I G H S A ND A XIS, WH IC H MAKE THEM SO DIFFICULT TO DEFEND.
TACTICAL REPORT
BUILD UP AGAINST FOLD RIVALS

LOOK HOW F. ESCOBAR I S IN VERY LOW DENSITY ZONE IN COMPARISON TO THE LEFT SIDE WHERE ALMIRÓN, J.
MARTÍN EZ AND THE OTHER S CR EATE OVERLOADS TO DISRUPT OPP ONENTS DEFENDING ORGANIZATION. THATS WHY THE
BALL A RRIV ES VE RY CLEAN O R WITH A L OT OF ADVANTAGES TO ES COBAR´S FEET. HE CAN RECEIVE IN AN STATIC WAY
OR RU NNING IN TO S PA CE .
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MAP OF PASSES

VS. TORONTO VS. CHICAGO FIRE VS. NEW ENGLAND


HOW THEY ATTACK TH E BO X

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TACTICAL REPORT
HOW THEY ATTACK THE BOX

HOW THEY ATTACK TH E BO X

ATLAN TA TRY TO ATTACK THE BOX WI T H T R E E O R F O U R P L AYE RS; J. MARTÍNEZ TEND TO GO TO THE PENALTY AREA, THE
REST OF HIS TEAMMAT E S SPR EAD THE BOX DEPENDING W HERE THE Y ARE COMING FROM.
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HOW THEY ATTACK THE BOX
DEFENSIVE TRA NS ITION PHASE

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DEFENSIVE TRANSITION PHASE

AFT ER LOSS T HEY TRY TO PRE SS IMMEDIATELY AND WITH HIGH INT ENSITY. TO DO THIS THEY HAVE TO BE COMPACT
AN D C LOSE R WHE N TH EY AT TACK, SO THEY CAN REACT EFFECTIV ELY AND RUN LESS.
FAR WAY PL AY ERS RUN DIAGO NALLY TOWARDS HIS OWN GOAL TO P ROTECT THE INNER CHANNEL AND CLOSE POSSIBLE
SPA CES NEAR THE BALL ZO NE.
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DEFENSIVE TRANSITION PHASE
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DEFENSIVE TRANSITION PHASE

ATLAN TA IS A V ERY OFFENSI VE TEA M, T H E Y AT TA C K WI T H A L OT OF PLAYERS. FULL BACKS TEND TO OCCUPY HIGH
ZO NES, SO WHEN THEY L O SE THE BALL AND THE PRESS ING ISN ´T D ONE EFFECTIVELY THEY FINISH RUNNING
BACKWARDS, SPE CI ALLY F. ESCO BAR, WHO IS CO NSTANTLY O CCUPYING RIVALS WEAK ZONE.
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DEFENSIVE TRANSITION PHASE
DEFENDING P HAS E

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HIGH PRESSING

HIG H PRESSING MAKING EMP H ASIS ON THE CENTRAL PLAYERS . AG AINST NYC THE FEELING WAS THAT THEY WANT TO
GUIDE T HE BAL L TO THE WEA K EST CENTER BACK, AND THEN PRESS HIM AGAINST THE FLANK.
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HIGH PRESSING

ATLA NTA GUI DE NYC TO T HE F LANK S.


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HIGH PRESSING

TH EY CLO SE GAPS IN T H AT Z ONE TO RECOVER THE BALL.


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HIGH PRESSING

AT LAN TA ADAPT HIS PRESSING AC C O R D I NG TO H I S R I VA L . F O R E XAMPLE: AGAINST CHICAGO THEY WANT TO GIVE THE
BALL TO THE GOA LKEEPER BY HA R ASSING THE CL OSE ST PL AYE RS TO HIM. MAYBE IN THEIR ANALYSIS THEY DETECT A
WEAK NESS IN THE KE E PERS G AM E W ITH THE FEET.
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HIGH PRESSING
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FOLD PHASE

WHEN T HEY FOLD THE Y P R OTEC T THE INNER CHANNEL TO GUIDE T HE RIVALS GAME TO THE FLANKS.
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FOLD PHASE

LOOK AT THE BODY SHA PE AND STRUCTURE THEY CRE ATE TO L OCK THE OPPONENT ON THE FLANK.
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FOLD PHASE

ATLAN TA START S BY PRESSING IN ZO NE , B U T A F T E R T H I S T HE Y DE FEND TO THE BALL. WHERE THE BALL MOVES THEY
JU MP AND JUMP TO PR ESS THE P OSSESSOR. THIS REQUIE RES A L OT OF ENERGY AND ATHLETIC CAPACITY.
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FOLD PHASE

DE FEND TO THE BALL THE WAY ATLANTA DO MAKES THE TEAM LOSE HIS SHAPE OR INITIAL “DRAW”, ALSO FREE SPACES
EME RGE B ETWEEN LINE S
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FOLD PHASE

ALSO , TH E CENTER BACKS ARE A LSO JUMPING FORWARD TO THE RIVALS THAT APPEAR BETWEEN LINES TO KEEP THEM
ON HI S BACK AND PRE VE NT A POSSIBL E T URN.
WHEN T HEY DO TH IS A SPACE E MERGE IN THEIR BACKS WHERE OPPONENTS CAN PLAY.
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FOLD PHASE
OFFENSIVE TRA NS ITION PHASE

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OFFENSIVE TRANSITION PHASE

ALMIRÓN AND MARTÍNEZ O CCUP Y HIGH ZONES, SO THEY AC TIVATE FAST COUNTERATTACKS. THEY INTERACT AND REACT
WITH A LOT OF VEL O CI TY, SO RI VALS CAN END UP RUNNING BA CKWARDS.
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OFFENSIVE TRANSITION PHASE
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OFFENSIVE TRANSITION PHASE

ATLAN TA ALSO ATTACK WI TH SE COND WAV E P L AY E R S LI KE GA RZ A OR THE LIKES OF NAGBE, GRESSEL, ETC.
TR AIN ING DRILLS INSPIR ED IN ATLANTA UNITED
GAM E MODEL - BEH AVIORS

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TRAINNING DRILLS

- In a me d ium- la rge space its playe d a 10v10 + an offens ive joker with
two reg ula r goals a nd keep er.
- Th e ob je ctive is th at the team in poss ess ion has to pro gres s through
th e pitch crea ting nu merica l su per iority in ever y mar ked zone , so to
ac ce ss t he nex t zone playe rs ne ed de tect whe n and whe re can invade
th e nex t are a. T he jo ker (in yellow) c an move fr ee ly through the
ma rke d ar eas, but it's impor ta nt tha t he r ec ognizes in which zones he
ca n pin up riva ls an d wait fo r the ball.
- Whe n the team in p osses sion los e the ball they have to pr es s
imme diate ly to rec over it; only in tha t situatio n the tea m who just
ta ke t he ball can a ttack directly without cr eating numer ica l
sup erio rity.
J - Th e tea m who is d efending ca n’t invade the nex t zone s when the team
in possess ion a lread y advance d.

BEHAVIORS THAT INFLUENCE ON TYPE OF EFFORT


MAY EMERGE
• HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL
PASSES
• OVERLOADS • +STRENGHT
• PLAYERS DRIVING THROUGH WITH • PLAYERS NEED TO DETECT WHEN
• ++SPEED
THE BALL THEY CAN SWITCH ZONE
• + ENDURANCE
• PLAYERS WANTING TO SWITCH
ZONE
• THIRD MAN APPEARANCES
TRAINNING DRILLS

- In a med iu m- la rge s pace its playe d


a 10v10 with two sma ll goa ls.
- The o bjective is to maintain
pos ses sion and with th at p lu s the
location and distr ibutio n of the
players , tr y to disru pt oppon ents
or ganiz ation a nd scor e in one o f the
two s mall goals.

BEHAVIORS THAT MAY EMERGE INFLUENCE ON TYPE OF EFFORT


• HORIZONTAL AND DIAGONAL PASSES
• PERIPHERAL VISION
• CHANGES OF ORIENTATION • -STRENGHT
• AVOID PLAYING ON VERUY BUSY AREAS
• HIGH DENSITY ZONES NEAR THE GOALS SO • +SPEED
AND SEARCH FOR FREE SPACES
THE CONTRARY SIDE CAN BE CLEARER • ++ ENDURANCE
TRAINNING DRILLS

- IN SMAL L SPACE ITS PLAYED A POSIT IONAL PLAY 4V 4V4+2 OFFENSIVE


JOK ERS.
- TH E O BJECTIVE IS TO M AINTAIN POS SE SS ION, BUT MOST IMP ORTA NT
TO MOVE O PPONEN TS LOCAT IO N CONSTANTLY TO CREAT E GAPS AND
WEAK ZON ES.
- TH E T EAM IN POSSESSION HA S T HE OF FE NS IVE J OKERS (YELLOW) AND
J TH E O UTS IDE PLAYERS TO PLAY W ITH AND KEEP THE BALL, WHEN THEY
LO SE I T THEY NEED TO PR ESS IM ME DIATELY TO REC OV ER IT; THE TEAM
TH AT JUST ROBED TH E BALL CA N S TART P LAYING WITH T HE J OKERS
AND THE OUT SIDE T EAM TO ASSUR E P OSS ES SION.
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BEHAVIORS THAT MAY EMERGE INFLUENCE ON TYPE OF EFFORT


• THIRD MAN APPEARANCES • BODY SHAPE
• “FREE MAN” CONCEPT • PLAY WITH THE LOWEST AMOUNT OF • ++STRENGHT
• VERTICAL AND DIAGONAL PASSES PASSES • ++SPEED
• PLAYING THROUGH LINES • PLAY WITH THOSE WHO ARE FACING THE • + ENDURANCE
• PLAYERS STARTING TO RECOGNIZE WHEN GAME (POSITIONAL ADVANTAGE)
IS BETTER TO HOLD HIS LOCATION ADN
WHEN TO MOVE OR APPROACH THE BALL
TRAINNING DRILLS

- IN SMAL L SPACE IT´S P LAYED A 4V4V4.


- TH E OBJ ECTIVE IS TH AT T HE OUTS IDE PLAYERS DRIVE THROUGH TO
ATRA CT RIVALS AND SE T F REE TEA MMAT E S A ND WI TH TH AT CR EATE
NUMER ICAL SUP ERIORITY.
- TH E C ENTER MUST BE PAIRED UP TO OBL IGATE THE OUTSIDE PL AYERS
TO DR IVE AND PR OVOKE THE OP PO NE NT TO JU MP.
- TH E OUT SIDE PLAYERS CAN BE THE CENTER BACKS OR EVEN THE
WINGERS

BEHAVIORS THAT MAY EMERGE INFLUENCE ON TYPE OF EFFORT


• THIRD MAN APPEARANCES • DRIVE TO PROVOKE
• “FREE MAN” CONCEPT • +STRENGHT
• BODY SHAPE OF THE PLAYERS THAT ARE
• PLAYERS DRIVING THROUGH WITH THE • +SPEED
GOING TO BE SET FREE, SO THEY CAN PLAY
BALL • - ENDURANCE
MORE EFFECTIVELY
• PLAYERS MOVING TO CREATE PASS LINES
• ATTRACTING AND PINING UP RIVALS
TRAINNING DRILLS

- IN A MED IUM SPA CE DIV IDE D IN THRE E


IT´S PL AYED 11V11 WITH KE EPER S
AND REG ULAR GOA LS.
- THE OBJ ECTIVE IS TO A CC ESS T HE
LAST ZO NE BY MA KIN G RUPTURE
DISMARKS - RUNNING IN TO SPAC E
AFTE R T HE CENTER BA CK S DRIVE
THRO UGH WITH T HE BALL TO ATRAC T
RIVALS
- THE MIDDLE Z ONE MUST BE VERY
DENSE A ND RE DUCED TO MA KE THE
DRILL MORE SUSCE PTIBLE
- IF THE TEAM IN PO SSESSION LOSE
THE BA LL THEY MUST PR ESS
IMMEDIATELY WH ILE THE OT HER TEAM
CAN COUN TERATTACK OR STRUC TURE
TO PLAY ACCORD IN G TO THE D RIL L
RUL ES.

BEHAVIORS THAT MAY EMERGE INFLUENCE ON TYPE OF EFFORT


• THIRD MAN APPEARANCES • DRIVE TO PROVOKE
• “FREE MAN” CONCEPT • +STRENGHT
• BODY SHAPE OF THE PLAYERS THAT ARE
• PLAYERS DRIVING THROUGH WITH THE • ++SPEED
GOING TO BE SET FREE, SO THEY CAN PLAY
BALL • + ENDURANCE
MORE EFFECTIVELY
• PLAYERS MOVING TO CREATE PASS LINES
• ATTRACTING AND PINING UP RIVALS