There has been a recent trend of teams pressing out of formations with multiple lines. These staggerings across multiple lines make it much more difficult for teams to play behind lines as there is constant access to pressure. If a team played a traditional 1-4-4-2 with flat lines and no staggerings, a through ball behind the midfield line would eliminate 6 players (the 2 strikers and all four midfielders). However, having multiple lines make it much more difficult to play vertical passes and bypass opponents. Below is Athletic Bilbao’s attempt at pressing out of a 1-4-2-2-2 to disrupt the build up of Barcelona.
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