Formation Idea #2 – 442-wide   Leave a comment

Avispa changed to the 442 in 2012 having played 4231 for 3 seasons under Shinoda.

For me, it was a very strange thing to do.
I don’t believe that 442 is a dead formation, but with so many teams now playing with 1 striker and a packed midfield it certainly needs to be played with a set tactic in place.

Under Shinoda we had a tall striker who scored a lot with his head (Jumbo), playing in a team with 2 wingers (Genki/Matsuura/Kudo/Yusuke) who liked to put crosses in and a support striker (Jogo) who often went wide. With this personnel and tactics then 442 would have been a good formation, especially playing against J1 teams where we needed to be a bit more direct.

When Maeda started we lost our target man striker (although we did ask 170cm Yutaka to play that role), didn’t play wingers who put crosses in or ever really used width, and only had 1 full-back to help get more width (before telling him to stop going forward).
We were basically playing a midfield possession based strategy with only 2 midfielders.

I think 442 can work if we use direct balls forward, have wingers who can beat players and need to be double-marked at times, and have a striker who is able to win headers in the box.
The only time our formation worked this season was when Koga had been told to go and play as a striker when we were 2-0 down with 6 minutes left to play.

442-wide

……….(New target striker)..Jogo………………..
……………………………………………………..
Ishizu/Sakata…..Suzuki….(New player)………Ushinohama
……………………………………………………
Kim…………Koga………..Hatamoto……….(New player)
……………………Kamiyama……………………….

This team looks very similar to the one which failed last season, and doesn’t need a big change in players, apart from a high quality big man striker.

It does need a big change in tactics. Instead of playing the ball left and right across defence before giving it to Suzuki Jun in our own half it needs quick balls playing into the corners for the wingers to run onto.
It needs the central midfielders to be seen as ball-winners rather than creators.
The full-backs need to be attack minded to put more pressure and pull more defenders away from the middle to make space for only having 2 central midfielders.

The most important person in this formation is the target striker. If we don’t have one of these, forget 442.

Posted November 25, 2012 by avispafukuoka in Opinion

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