Atlético’s pressing starts in the opposing team’s midfield. The two forwards, after the ball is passed back and forth the first time, generally press on the outside, with the forward closest to the ball closing down the return pass, while the striker on the opposite side covers the central area of the pitch. If the two strikers are unable to direct the pressing, Atlético brings the outside midfielder up toward the opponent outside back and the centre midfielder farthest away comes up to press the lower point, guaranteeing excellent defensive overlapping/displacement.
TRANSITION PHASE AND ATTACKING THE SPACES:
Simeone’s Atlético is a team that makes running and attacking the spaces its strong point. Barcelona could struggle in the transition phase because it is a team that leaves a lot of wide open spaces both on their weak side and deep.