It might happen that coaches want to control the game at the point that it’s not straightforward anymore. Above all and in my view, the game of football is a “living organism” that some coaches do not let happen naturally, like what happens in street football, where in any space creativity is found and made to be found. I see this “creative street” football in the moment of the counter-attacking of Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco.
Let’s say that a counter-attack (offensive transition) happens when there is a quick attack where a team looks to prevent the defensive set-up of the opponent. I see these words in Monaco of Leonardo Jardim. A team that defends with a lot of criteria, and that from the time in which the ball possession is recovered the players “free themselves” and become their own masters making the team become pragmatic and effective in the processes – highlighting the creativity of the players growing in this team.
What’s in common in these processes then? What makes this team that at the moment is experiencing success in Europe, different in the counter-attacking process?
For me, something that can be clearly identified is that the players identify the possibilities they have in terms of progression with the ball according to the circumstance existing at the time, immediately after the recovery of the ball possession. They perceive what they can do at the time.
Here below let’s check some examples of what happened in recent games.