Heresy! A Diamond/Box Hybrid With A Striker?! (Sort Of)

Initially, I agree that it sounds odd, almost sacrilegious to feature tactics with strikers on a site called Strikerless and dedicated to playing without actual forwards. If you allow me time though, I hope to explain why this diamond formation is not really that different from the usual strikerless style of play.

The diamond formation provides a solid platform through the center of the field. The staggered diamond in the midfield allows the team to keep possession of the ball with intelligent player movement and good short passing. The whole formation thrives off of mobility, vertical movement and physical prowess. That really sounds like a lot of the concepts I mentioned in earlier articles.

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The Running Regista Applied To A Strikerless Formation; Turning A Back Three Into A Back Four (Occasionally)

From a tactical viewpoint, the successful implementation of a Running Regista hinges on building a balanced team, a cohesive unit. As I quickly discovered when I started my experiments, you cannot have your defensive midfielder running all over the place without being exposed in defence a few times by opposing attacking midfielders. In order to combat this, I had to re-shuffle the entire formation. Using the formation I used for Sexy Strikerless wasn’t going to work, as the Complete Wingbacks were needed going forward and if the Half-Back got turned into a Regista, the team would be incredibly vulnerable on the counter. In order to gain some stability, I had to field a second defensive midfielder, which meant sacrificing the formation I had previously used. I came up with the following formation, which allowed for defensively stability in the midfield area, even when the Regista started roaming about. […]

The Running Regista Or Withdrawn Central Winger

My friend Jonathon Aspey (@JLAspey) has written about the Central Winger before, whereas I have written about the intricacies regarding the implementation of the role in a Strikerless formation. The next idea is pushing the idea a bit further and withdrawing the Central Winger from his central midfield position, de facto creating a sort of hybrid between the wandering midfielder we wish to see and the generally more static defensive midfielders we are used to. […]

Layering Attacks; Implementing The Central Winger Role Into My Strikerless Formation

My comrade Jonathon Aspey has been raving about the central winger role lately. In a nutshell, the central winger is a “new” type of midfielder. Much like the False 9, his distinguishable features lie in the fact that, unlike a traditional playmaker who stays behind the striker in the centre of the pitch, his goal is to drift out Read more about Layering Attacks; Implementing The Central Winger Role Into My Strikerless Formation[…]

Utilising the Central Winger

Those of you that follow me on Twitter (@JLAspey) will know how much I’ve banged on about the ‘Central Winger’ these past couple of months. It’s something I originally said whilst watching Angel Di Maria’s early performances in central midfield for Real Madrid, saying that he was playing almost like a central winger. It’s also Read more about Utilising the Central Winger[…]