| Duncan Edwards wrote:|
|Could it be that the team mark those deemed as the biggest threat man to man and then position others zonally based on watching the oppositions previously delivered set pieces? Does it have to be one or the other? I’ve no idea. I wasn’t even very good at subbuteo let alone actually play football but..|
Yes. You either play football or imagine you are involved in some sort of game of battleships
If the attacking team puts 3 or 4 players at the back post, where then those who are strategically placed in their own seperate box ?
The idea that defenders have the time at a corner or free kick to work out whether a player has entered their zone, or left it is total nonsense. It's football, not bl oody formation swimming. It might make sense if you are coegraphing some American football performance but not football... there are far too many variables. If only that your approach will be different depending on the score, the time of the game, how their 'big men' rate against yours etc.
I know the formation 'fannies' like to see the game as some kind of table football game where the numbers to players on each rod are swapped round to give them numbers to get excited about. Watch how both Hanley and Klose were just outside the binners box when close scored the last minute goal... supplied by Maddison from almost his own half. What formation were they in then ?
As to a corner the first threat is the ball in the air. Those nearest can quickly challenge for the ball whereever it then goes. By the simple dint of having more bodies blocking the goal it makes it harder for an attacker to score from outside the 18 yard box.
Watch the game. Players set up and react to other players, not some absurd chess board set up.