Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has explained on the club’s website what he’s been working on in training in recent weeks.
Armstrong didn’t score, but had a good game in the 2-0 win against Partick Thistle last night to continue his good form since he joined the Bhoys from Dundee United last winter.
“A big thing I can work on is pressing and tackling, and that’s what I am trying to do at the moment in training,” said Armstrong.
“When we lose the ball, the manager wants us to react immediately and get the ball back as quickly as we can.”
Pressing is a common tactic that a lot of managers encourage their teams to do, because it has the ability to help sides maintain pressure over their opposition.
A high press can force a defence into making rush decisions and if a side gives the ball away, it’s then far easier to build attacks and force openings to score a goal.
Tackling can also announce the presence and aggression of any team and well timed challenges during the early stages of matches, will allow any eleven players to show they mean business in a big fixture.
Celtic are at their very best when they control possession and work away at the opposition, grinding them down and building an advantage to defend over the course of 90 minutes.
It’s an encouraging area of Celtic’s tactics that manager Ronny Deila is looking to refine and as long as no players overstep the line towards recklessness, it should make the Bhoys all the more effective.