The Bournemouth Red-Tailed Boa
July 28, 2023
July 28, 2023 — Bournemouth’s counter-press is already sharper under new manager Andoni Iraola, with tight man-marking mixed with constricting curved runs from the forwards to limit options.
Dominic Solanke curving his press is akin to a red-tailed boa constricting upon its prey. There are no places for Shea Charles to turn. He must kick it long, which is the smart option, or attempt the risky pass.
He attempts the risky pass, and Southampton pay.
Philip Billing and Dango Ouattara patrol on the edges with Ryan Christie central in the pocket of space. If Christie’s shot gets blocked, those two are there to shoot from range.
You will be seeing a lot of content from many about Bournemouth because of Andoni Iraola. He brings a lot of new unique ideas, like his obsession with playing on the wide areas, racking up throw-ins.