The Evolution of Defensive Compactness

Why attacking is harder than ever.

The luxury player…has faded away with this accent on high-intensity pressing. I mean, you know, it’s not a new thing, pressing, is it? We did it at Arsenal. We practiced it in training till we were blue in the face. We did it very well, pressing from the front.

That’s former Arsenal striker and FIFA video game commentator Alan Smith in a 2019 interview w…

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