Hello everyone, today we share what is rib space and how to use it, hope you like it!
Organized and compact defense has become popular, which makes modern football a strategic offensive game. How to make good use of rib space has become the focus of common attention of elite teams.
Belgium often used these spaces in the 2018 World Cup, undoubtedly because they have a number of skilled players who are good at using this space, such as De Bruyne, Hazard, Mertens and so on.
In the following common scenario, the midfield space is very limited. Usually one or two defensive midfielders can cover the entire midfield channel, and it is easy to organize effective defense in front of the goal.
Figure 1-Rib space
Precisely to ensure the compactness of the midfield, the rib space between the midfield and the wing often becomes open.
Figure 2-Ribs become open
Being in this position means that the offensive player faces the goal diagonally. Compared with the central channel, the offensive player can have a better vision while being in a more threatening position than the wing.
Figure 3-A more comprehensive view
The pass options of the ribs are similar to the middle channel. You can pass through, pass back, pass to the left, or pass to the right diagonal. There are many passing options. As we said above, there are usually more pass options here. The passage has more space.
Figure 4-There is more space
Passing the ball from this area to the diagonal of the goal will create a great threat, because the player in the position can easily run on the blind side of the defender and can directly face the goal after receiving the ball.
Figure 5-Can directly threaten the goal
The rib space is just the natural combination of the opponent's wing and midfield, and it is also a defensive gap between the defensive line and the midfield line.
Figure 6-Defensive blank
Therefore, receiving the ball in this area and launching an offense will cause confusion on the opponent's defense. When receiving the ball between two defensive players, they must instantly decide who stays in the defensive position and who goes out to oppress. The following situation is that both players failed to come out to oppress.
Figure 7-No one oppressed
Lukaku has two offensive points to choose from. If the ball is passed to the wing player, although the wing player can have more space, he has only one option, which is to cut inside, which makes the offense predictable. It's easy to defend.
Figure 8-More space on the sidewalk
However, when the ball is correctly handed over to De Bruyne on the right side, he has two choices inside and outside.
Figure 9-Two choices
After doing so, Brazilian left-back Marcelo must make a decision, whether to keep tight to protect the goal or leave his position to defend possible wing pass options.
Figure 10-Marcelo faces a choice
Another threat in the ribs is running between two defensive players. This movement is also an important way to defeat the opponent's defense.
Figure 11-Rib movement
Through this kind of running, the defensive player needs to decide whether to follow our running, to leave us offensive space, or to follow our running to oppress and give up where they should be. The following scenario is that the defender finally gave up his position, leaving the offensive player with a fatal shot.
Figure 12-Shot chance
1. Naturally open space can cause confusion to defenders.
2. The most pass options, and you are in a position where you can score.
3. Unpredictability of offensive point switching after entering the rib space
4. The movement of the rib space forces the defensive player to make a decision and disrupt the entire line of defense.
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