Why is 4-4-2 thriving? Is it the key to Leicester and Watford’s success?

Lite fotbollsgodis så här några dagar efter julafton. Inte FM relaterat kanske, men ändå så pass intressant att jag vill dela med mig av denna artikeln om varför Watford och Leicester har gått så bra i Premier League denna säsong, med en 4-4-2 uppställning. Artikeln är skriven på engelska. Håll till godo.

What’s the key to Leicester and Watford’s spectacular success with 4-4-2?

For over a decade, many of the Premier League’s best teams have employed variations of a 4-2-3-1 formation with the familiar front-two being squeezed out of the game. But with Leicester top of the table at Christmas and newly-promoted Watford just one point off the top four, the 4-4-2 formation finds itself in fashion once again. We take a look at some of the reasons why it’s proving so successful…

It still makes sense…

A quarter of a century ago, Arrigo Sacchi had won back-to-back European Cups with AC Milan using a 4-4-2 formation and it was unusual to see anything else in English football. While a back-three provides a covering marker in defence and a midfield trio allows domination of the ball in the centre, 4-4-2 remains a logical way to close down space throughout the pitch.

”The major strength is that the back four gives you the best possibilities of covering the width of the pitch defensively, and it also gives you great options,” England boss Roy Hodgson once explained in a UEFA training video. ”By playing 4-4-2, you’ve got ’twos’ all over the field. I would always be looking to find a team that can play with a back four.”

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