If you missed part 1 on the transfers made, you may watch to catch it to understand what’s going on at Celtic this 6th pre-season.
During the initial analysis I presented 3 tactics, each with a different aim. During my pre-season friendly matches, I aimed to test out these tactics, while getting the players match fit.
Tactic 1: 4231 Wide Attacking
Above is the 4231 Attacking tactic I had initially created. I had this tactic in mind for playing in the SPL or those European matches at home where I am significantly stronger than the opposition. So I tested it out with a quick match against the U19s squad and through a tour of Belgium.
As you can see we won every match. In spite of this I noticed early on that the tactic did not allow me to have as much possession as I might have anticipated. With that came the first change – from a “More Direct” to a “Default” Passing Style. This worked and my possession statistic went up. In fact, I made this change just prior to the Charerloi game, and the result is clear for all to see.
Another decision was to employ a Cover/Stopper combination of Centre Backs. I hope this will make us more solid defensively and fit in with the personnel I have.
On top of this, I also employed the tactic during the Celtic Park Tournament (more on that later). This made me decide on another adjustment; Closing Down was reduced from “More Pressing” to “Default” too! I had noticed during the above friendly matches that we were committing a large number of fouls and initially made Tackling “More Cautious”. But this did not work and I [...]