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Thread: Backpassing.....hmmm?

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    Backpassing.....hmmm?

    OK, so what do I know about football, not much, but......

    What on earth is the benefit of a defender passing forward to a midfielder only for the midfielder to pass it STRAIGHT back and without any desire to pass to the side or forward and (more or less), for all other players and their relative positions remaining unchanged??? Just a huge and frustrating waste of time (or not?), and as much (if not more) in evidence at the Euros as in PL matches.

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    Usually, it's to pull their marking player with them so he then has the option to catch them flat-footed on the turn, thereby opening up some space to move into.

    If he chooses to.

    I've been to Lilleshall, me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orgoner View Post
    Usually, it's to pull their marking player with them so he then has the option to catch them flat-footed on the turn, thereby opening up some space to move into.

    If he chooses to.

    I've been to Lilleshall, me.
    Obviously!

    If opposing players got pulled around I'd agree, but they don't (largely because it's such a f00king predictable action!). The result? Wasted time.

    As an example, this evenings game between Belgium and Portugal, where penetrative play (from either side), only became the more dominant playing style in the last 15 minutes or so, when Portugal HAD to play attacking football. Maybe we should start games with one side given a goal head start (maybe part if the toss?), make for some interesting games!

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    Done well it distorts the shape of the defending team but usually it is just a way of ensuring possession.

    Sometimes it is to bore the other team so they get complacent and then that one time

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