How to Beat High-Pressure Opponents
Ball-hungry teams like Barcelona, PSG, and Real Madrid use an excellent strategy of off-the-ball pressure. This strategy is based on good ball handling and the ability of all teammates to catch and pass the ball. The best part, though, is how they work when not on the ball. As soon as they lose the ball, they begin to press hard to get it back. Dealing with high-pressure opponents can be difficult in FIFA 22, so in this guide, we’ll give you some tips and tricks to help you play more successfully against a high-pressure opponent.
- Switch sides with the ball a lot. That’s a great way to spark a quick counter. Look for open wings on the opposing side and use either a lofted through ball or an aerial pass to switch the focus of your attack to the opposite side.
- If you’re in the middle of a match with a high-pressure opponent, taking things slow and relaxing is one of the best strategies you can use to improve your overall game. Even though there aren’t lots of ways to resist high pressure except for good/fast passing, there’s a tactic called ‘Hug Sideline’, which is very useful against high-pressure opponents. If you can get the ball at the sideline, there will be lots of space for your wingers.
- If the opponent constantly puts pressure on you when you’re in the final third, look to move away from the pressure with your ball carrier (drawing defenders with you) and then play a one-two pass. Since the other defenders were chasing you away from the goal, the sudden change in direction will give the runner lots of space to run into.
- Play slightly longer passes to your center forward and beat the press.
- Put your defense on drop back and reduce their width and play out calmly from the back with a fast build-up offense. A high-pressure opponent’s defense is in shambles when under attack.
- 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 defense 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.
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