For many of you, there’s a certain type of opponent that you’ll be dreading coming up against and look to avoid like the plague. Well we’re talking about the types of players and AI that go for the high pressure approach, and look to force you into a mistake and give the ball away cheaply. These kind of opponents are tricky ones, and we are going to show you exactly how to deal with them with three simply steps.
Make Use of The Radar
This is a real underused tool that can be used to your advantage if it’s used in the right manner! It’s a big help for identifying where your opposition is on the pitch, and also where your free teammates are located as well. If you like the possession game, then having this in your Arsenal is an absolute must.
If you’re not that bad at performing a 30 to 40 yard pass the spread play from one end of the pitch to the other, then the radar will certainly come in handy. If you come up against players who tend to press a lot more than previous opponents. then this can only mean one thing, there’s gaps in the midfield and defence.
It makes complete sense, if there’s two or three players running towards you, then their previous positions that they vacated must be empty and ready for you to exploit. Getting the radar to do all of your work for you is not a bad idea and is one to think about in the future if results aren’t going your way.
Play The Patient Game
If you’re in the middle of a match with a high pressure opponent, then taking things easy and relaxing is one of the best methods that you can implement into your all-round game. If you see hordes of players running towards your defence then don’t panic, just control the ball once and pass it simple to one of your back four that’s free.
Passing the ball back to the keeper isn’t a bad idea either, as this will mean that one of your full backs or wingers will be completely free for you to find with a driven lofted pass. If the simple pass out to the defence is on, then it’s always best to play out from the back instead of hoofing the ball up the pitch and going all root one.
Make sure that you pass the ball many times, as this will not only give your team the momentum, morale and possession of the football, but it’ll also knacker out the opposition and they’ll grow tired and lose loads of vital stamina in the process which will give you the upper hand.
Bring The Protect The Ball Feature Into Your Game
This brand new feature is so underrated and if you’re not using right now, make sure that you start practicing right away. This is not just extremely effective against the high pressure opponents, but pretty much all opposition you’ll face. Given the fact that we’re concentrating on the pressure side of things in this post, we’ll tell you how to use it for this specific type of match-up.
When you execute the protect the ball feature by pressing L2 on the PS3 controller, or LT for the Xbox 360, your player is going to shield the ball from the pressing player. Now he’ll only be bale to go round you to get in a tackle, which will be clockwise, or anticlockwise. Whichever way he goes, you can then turn in the other direction and you’ll be past him and get a 5 yard head start for which you can then pick out a pass to create an attack.
If two players come towards you whilst you’re protecting the ball, then it’s best to just pass it simple and wait until the opportunity rises again.