Like many of my created tactics, the aim and purpose of this tactical idea is to create, attack & score goals. Though the 4-4-1-1 isn't the most adventurous formation, we rely on off-the-ball movement from players to achieve a sort of 2-2-5-1 formation when we are in possession of the ball. The two central defenders will hold their positions whilst the full-backs will invert inside. This also creates a box-like shape in defense which is helpful when building out from the back as we can outnumber the opponents during the first build-up phase. In midfield, we have a flat 4 who all are expected to push up to or around the same line as the attacking midfielder which can be very difficult to defend. At times, we could have 5 players operating around the attacking mid-area but we expect one of the midfielders to balance their attacking and defensive responsibilities.
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