- Feb 10, 2021
That's different from what I'm talking about. Irrespective of what formation you play, its impossible to outnumber your opposition's outfield players - its 10 vs 10. But if you include your goalkeeper in passing moves, now its 11 vs 10, meaning a well strucutred team will always have a pass on. Until we reach the day that teams get goalkeepers to press - and even Bielsa hasnt tried that one yet I believe - giving your GK the chance to get involved will always open passing lanes that you can't get from outfielders alone.Most teams actually drop down defensive midfielder and form three at the back in a manner called "Salida Lavolpiana" after Argentinian coach Ricardo La Volpe, who first introduced it. Full backs move higher up, defensive midfielder drops down and central defenders spread sideways, making it much more difficult for opposition to press you effectively.
I'm not saying this without reason. Defensive midfielder has to know thing or two in terms of passing and has to be press resistant. Imagine McTominay being employed in such task. Just considering it sounds horrible.