Everybody now wants to play/attack just like Barcelona does
Three attackers, and pushing both of the fullback way up high into attack on the flanks, combined with using high pressure defending in numbers in their half of the field... Really? And how long have you been training that system to your players? A few weeks, and you expect the same results?
The 433/451 high pressure tactic and the same numbers forward ideas are now used by many teams and were the root of many defending problems (high scoring, lopsided games) this past weekend. Only one problem:
Barcelona has the best attacking players in the world, with some of the highest pass completion rates and they don't make very many poor passes and give up the ball in the middle third. When they do lose the ball they have some of the best 1v1 players in the world and don't get burned often while defending. They also realize the risk they are taking and recover very quickly into their starting position while at the same time delaying the attack with good pressure. They simply do everything right, few other teams can say that!
They played this weekend against Villarreal using only three/(one real) defenders because of injuries and still won 5-0.http://www.zonalmarking.net/2011/08/29/barcelona-5-0-villarreal-tactics/
Don't use tactics from the best team in the world unless you also have the best group of players in the world because their tactics just might not work for your players...
Even US Soccer (the new curriculum by Claudio Reyna) is now telling everyone to play in a 433 and use the same tactics as Barcelona.
"Why would you not use the same system as the best team in the world" - A USSF coaching course instructor a few weeks ago...Because we're not Barcelona
(and may never be)! And there are technical implications to using tactics
just as you list in your own coaching course manuals...
-Defend first and execute on the attacking chances all teams will get in every 90+ minute game. Keep your team in the game until the end and let them win by not giving up poorly defended goals early in the game.
Remember one thing, Barcelona got beat clearly by Inter Milan in the Champions league semi final in 2010 by doing just that, defending well!