Coach Jamodo: Three Tips For Playing Around Your Opponent’s Press In FIFA 21
Due to the advent of tactical options like Press after possession loss, constant pressure, and even team press from the D-pad menu, AI pressing has become more pronounced In FIFA over the past few iterations of the game.
While stamina penalties have been introduced to nerf the effectiveness of pressing-based tactics – they are still incredibly overpowered.
On that note, pro FIFA player Jamodo has come up with three tips for beating your opponent’s press. Here they are;
Don’t Rush Your Passes
When you’re playing against an opponent who is making use of a press-based tactic, you need to be extra careful with your passes, and at the same time, you need to make sure you’re moving the ball around fast enough to prevent your ball holder from being marked or closed down by multiple players.
Moving the ball around the pitch quickly, while being accurate with your passes might seem a bit difficult to do, but it is pretty easy as long as you do two very important things;
- Make sure your in-game player has his head turned towards the direction you want to pass the ball to; doing so will boost the accuracy of your passes tremendously and allow you to retain possession of the ball very easily.
- Make sure you use driven passes when you’re distributing the ball across far distances. If you attempt to pass the ball to a player at a far distance with a normal pass, your opponent is likely to intercept it.
Use Lofted Passes And Through Balls
Due to the sheer amount of players that will be marking you any given time during the course of a game, it’s important to make regular use of lofted passes and through balls to avoid giving away possession of the ball.
Lofted passes add some height to the ball, allowing you to pass the ball over your opponent’s feet and avoid interceptions. It is a great way to distribute the ball amidst pressure from your opponents.
Anticipate Your Opponent’s Defensive Strategies
Defending in FIFA 21 and pretty much every iteration of the game revolves around two things…
- Anticipating the direction your opponent intends to sprint through
- Anticipating the direction your opponent intends to pass the ball through
Anticipation is a key facet of defending.
If you master the art of accurately anticipating your opponent’s intentions throughout the course of the game, you can frustrate your opponents’ attacking efforts and avoid conceding goals.
But beyond anticipation, there’s a more important skill that can give you an incredible edge over your opponents, especially the ones who utilize press-based tactics – that skill revolves around “anticipating your opponent’s defensive strategies”.
Like we mentioned before, anticipation is a key facet of defending. Throughout the course of a game, your opponents will try to anticipate the direction you will sprint or pass the ball through in order to press you more effectively.
Well, you can render your opponent’s press ineffective, if you focus on anticipating the defensive strategies your opponent intends to utilize.
For instance, if you notice your opponent positioning himself with the intention of cutting a particular passing lane then you should play around that passing lane instead of playing through it.
By anticipating your opponent’s defensive strategies, you’ll be able to outsmart your opponents and avoid being caught out by their press-based tactics.