(Lars Lagerback & Presenter in English)
Could you show us your favourite formation, the formation that you liked your Sweden team to play?
Yes...it's my pleasure.
The way the Swedish national team play is a 4-4-2. I have to say I'm sorry to all goalkeeper coaches, that I haven't mentioned the goalkeeper - we do have a goalkeeper in Sweden..! Now, we are playing with four defenders, we have a defensive midfielder, and we play with three attacking midfielders, and then we have two forwards. So.... If we start with the attacking part of the game - normally we say that we want our full backs to get forward, and at least one of them should participate in every attack that we have. This defensive midfielder is a key factor when we start to attack. Otherwise normally he will be in this space, so you always balance the team, both when we are defending, and when we are attacking we can change our play back to him. We want these two centre forwards to stay together as much as possible when we are starting an attack. When we look at this part of the pitch, they have much more of a free role. We want them to become involved in moves but they can move much more freely than they can do in the beginning. Also, we don't play with a classical winger in midfield so these three offensive midfielders are quite free in their roles - and what we want them to do is to work together, so that always one of them tries tries to get forward. It could be any one of these three, but normally it would have been a player like Freddy Ljungberg here in my Sweden team. We want someone like him to try to get past the opposition's back line, and co-operate in different ways with the two forwards. So normally we stay with at least two, normally three, in the back line, and these defensive midfielders somewhere here when we attack. So we try to get six or seven players forward when we attack. And normally crosses would come in more often from the full-backs as they do from these two midfield players.
What would you call this formation?
Lagerback 2 :
I would call it 4-1-3-2
It's the Lagerback formation...?
No it's not..! I got the inspiration from Carlos Alberto Perreira, when Brazil won the World Cup in 1994. They played with Dunga in this role, and I thought that was very interesting. They didn't play the same with these three guys, but then they had really offensive players here, but I think this is very common today.... some teams are playing with two defensive midfielders. But I find this as a good way of playing, it's easy to get the players to work together, to use all the areas that you have on the pitch.
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