Formational Analysis – The 4:3:1:2 Formation, One of football’s oldest and most important formation to fullbacks.
Again, since football tactics is what BraggsSports is largely known for, today we bring you another short tactical piece on formational analysis with regards to one of the oldest formation which is still widely used today; the 4:3:1:2.
The most important players are the fullbacks because they usually use the wings alone, both in defence and attack. It would be much better if players who played as wingers in previous seasons but did not have a high goal contribution should play as a fullback in this formation. Fullbacks that are not included in attacks should not be preferred. Fast and physically strong fullbacks in this formation allow their teams to dominate the centre more.
One of the important shortcomings of this formation is that it does not have a defensive centre midfielder. However, this problem can be solved with fullbacks. Since there is no players in front of the fullbacks, they usually play close to the midfield. If necessary, the fullbacks come in front of the defenders and prevents the opponent players from approaching the penalty area immediately (1). The point to be noted here is that when the opposing teams suddenly turn to the wings, it should not be neglected that the centre-backs also go to the wings and intervene to opponent.
The number of players entering the penalty area increases thanks to this formation. There is no player on the wing, only fullbacks. 2 strikers, 1 attacking midfielder and 3 centre midfielders can enter the box from any region. Whether there are 4 or 5 defenders in the opposing teams, it cannot prevent that many opposing players from moving towards the box (1). If while some of them enter the penalty area and some leave from it, the defensive balance of the opposing team will be disrupted (2).
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It is easier to switch from defence to attack. In 4-3-3, 4-4-2, 3-5-2, 3-4-3 etc. players are divided into 3 zones. Often, defenders and midfielders play close to their own penalty area when defending. The player who wins the ball immediately wants to send the ball to the striker, but the distance between them is wide and they may lose the ball due to a long pass (1). In this formation, there is an extra player between the forwards and the midfielders. The line between the centre-back – centre midfielder and the forward is shortened by an extra 1 player. Moreover, since there are 3 centre midfielders, you can easily make this pass no matter which area you win the ball in the penalty area (2).
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