The position of the defender in soccer, in my opinion, is no less responsible than the goalkeeper, and in certain situations, maybe even more. The area of the gate frame is larger than the area covered by the goalkeeper, even if he actively waving his hands. The main load in the defence of the gate lies exactly on the defenders, whose main task is to block the attacks, intercept the sharp penetrating gear in the penalty area, tight guardianship of the attackers, so that they are not released. When you master the ball at your gate, which in the game is very often, it is important how the defenders will launch an attack – here the main thing is not to screw up, especially in the conditions of tough pressure.
Psychologically and mentally play in defence is hardest compared to other positions on the field. Too high the price of a mistake – sometimes enough one to lose the match. Often, it’s not always fair, all the bumps in the event of a loss go to the defenders. And no one will listen to excuses, whether or not the midfielders or attackers helped you, whether the defender guided the defence correctly or was prompted by the goalkeeper. Another pressure is that they forbid to approach the gate of others, and everyone wants to score. Defenders should not only have a constant high concentration of attention, but also an excellent reading of the game. As I wrote in the “Tactics of the attacking game”, using chess terminology, the attackers always play with white, it means that the defenders have very little time to make the right decision.
In many teams, when playing hole holes in defence, they like to put weak players, which is not always logical and justified. This is most likely due to our mentality. I played in different street-yard teams, with friends, with colleagues at work, with people I saw once in my life, and remembering everything I can remember from the childhood I dare say that I have not met people who are very loving play at their gates.
By the way, I, too, is no exception. Before I was 22, I did not see myself anywhere except in the attack, until I was pulled back. Yes, and I myself began to notice that the necessary speed and speed in the attack I do not have enough. But I had a certain attacking experience and I knew how to act against the attackers. In the future, I increasingly took a position near my gate. Sometimes I even played at the gate itself, but it’s a little different story.
Today, with the help of the book by Russian soccer geniuses Boris Tsirik and Yuri Lukashin, we will look at the actions of the defenders, and I will separately share some of my own considerations. Let’s start with the techniques for selecting the ball.
Selecting the ball
In this fragment, attention is drawn to the fact that it is easiest to take the ball from an opponent exactly when he takes it. This is so, but you can easily make a mistake when selecting. Especially if you try to play in advance. I often had punctures when I tried to play because of the opponent’s back, but in the end the opponent with the ball was behind me. My advice: if you are not sure about the interception, and the opponent is facing your back, getting ready to take the ball, it is better to wait for the first touch and then attack.
When confronting face to face, it is important to consider this – how much more competitive and technical you are. It depends on this, how much you can take risks in the selection. Soccer is similar to gambling: there are rules and there are tactics and other strategy tricks. You can read more about those online but with soccer you have to be more careful with the references. Hence, in this article I am referring to only one book.
On a more masterful and speedy in no case be thrown first. As stated in the book, this will only make it easier for him. Best of all, by determining which foot is best for your opponent to beat or with what leg it is more convenient for him to beat on goal, move slightly in that direction, as if opening his opponent the way to an uncomfortable leg. Then wait for a convenient moment, when he releases the ball a little – not all players, even masters, have perfect control of the ball.
Some attackers abuse false movements, and this, too, must be used. I remember a moment from childhood, when one guy older than me tried to make a false foot movement around the ball. I noticed it. And as soon as his leg once again passed over the ball, I immediately took it away.
From adulthood I remember episodes with different people, but absolutely identical in nature. If someone played against those who once practiced in soccer schools, they will understand me. Necessarily, there is one of them who will try to beat you, throwing the ball between your legs. Sometimes it just becomes an end in itself. In this case, I try to pretend that I will now go into the selection, and leave my feet in place. Sometimes, simply by guessing the plan, I propose by gestures to pass by me. Like, between your legs you will not beat me. The striker makes the deceived movements, as in the program, pushes the ball and runs away. But already without the ball. In general, the essence of selection often lies in who will deceive whom. And the defender will not hurt to have in his arsenal of various false movements.
If you are running at speed or there is enough space around to get away from you at this speed, do everything possible to keep the opponent’s path to your goal as long as possible, along a large arc. In such situations I try to move a little towards the middle and open the way to the flank. It is very important, as I said, to make the opponent move under an uncomfortable foot. Moreover, one must understand that it is much more difficult to hit the gate from the flank than from the center.
There is a point that is not described in the book, but which must be taken into account necessarily – in no case can not be given from under yourself to beat. When the goalkeeper does not see the moment of impact, it greatly complicates his work. In domestic soccer there is such a common mistake when the defender rises, as if stumped, on two legs without trying to resist or sits on one knee, and the attacker approaches and, thus masking the blow, hits the goal or passes on without unnecessary effort. Defender, no matter how mattress he was not, should not deprive himself of the opportunity to be at least somehow mobile. Any opposition for the attacker is already uncomfortable.
As for the rolls, then without the necessary skills, it is better not to do it. You can cause serious injury to yourself and people. For all my life I have never had to do them even when I was playing in the snow. A completed tackle in the event of a miss will disarm the defender.
When fighting for a still-drawn ball, the winner is more often the one who puts the corps more correctly, and not the one who reaches out to the ball before. That is, your own body must be between the ball and the opponent’s body.
From my own experience I can say that it is not easy to determine the tactical principle when playing defence. Each of the defenders can have his own vision. For me, it’s better to combine style, when a player comes to your zone and you switch to personal care. But with a constant change of partners to achieve a positive effect is almost unrealistic. Everything should be based on mutual understanding. Best of all, if there are disagreements or if there are some ambiguities, agree on everything before the game, down to the smallest details.
Mutual assistance and insurance are first things in defence of their gates, but it is necessary to assess the danger adequately. If you see someone else’s free player, it does not mean that you have to leave your own right away – yours can be more dangerous. Of the two equally dangerous, I would cover the one that is in the center of the gate.
If there is an attack of two attackers on one defender, and their own do not have time to go back, I think we should stay between these two attackers in order to prevent them from making transfers to each other in order to reach the empty corner of the goal, in no case not obstructing the review goalkeeper – to hit the gate at any time. If the blow did not take place, and the attackers are already very close to the goal, you must stay with the most dangerous of them, and leave the second to the goalkeeper.
If the number of attackers at the exit to the gate exceeds the number of defenders by more than two people, do not panic or drop your hands. We must do everything possible to make the inevitable strike at the most acute angle to the gate. And yet, if the goalkeeper prompts, you must necessarily listen to him, regardless of whether he is right or not.
Now a little about who to play the central, but to the flank defender. The fastest and hardiest you need to put on the flanks, I think it’s obvious. But this does not mean that the slowest should be put in the center, as described in the textbook, so that they are the first to meet attacks from the middle of the field, and insure them. It turns out a kind of breakwater.
To play in defence, you need to choose the most morally persistent guys. Who will not whine, justify and give up in case of failure. Because of those who dissolve the nurse or are simply indifferent to their duties, the whole game is breaking down. If there is disorder in front, it is not as critical as behind. It is also very important during the game to avoid quarrels and fights who is to blame.
In domestic professional soccer, I’m most surprised at how the last defenders pull their hand, trying to prove the offsides, and often make mistakes. I think the episode always needs to be played out to the end.
If the games are played on small venues, then they are very dynamic, there are many goals scored, and mistakes cannot be avoided. The main thing is, from the game you should always have fun, and playing defence – including. In fact, this is quite an interesting duty.