Uwe Rosler outlines key tactical area in which Leeds United must still improve

Uwe Rosler

Uwe Rosler is looking to establish his tactical systems at Leeds United this pre-season.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Uwe Rosler has admitted that his Leeds players are still struggling with pressing and organisation, and need to work on their off-the-ball play.

He said: “The players here are very talented on the ball but collectively we have to show improvement against the ball, with our pressing and our organisation. The players need to show how they cope against top opposition so the [pre-season] games we’ve arranged are good for us.”

Rosler has made it known since his arrival at Elland Road that he wants to play a system of intense high-pressing, limiting the opposition’s time on the ball. Whilst players may be technical footballers, learning a system such as this requires more time spent without the ball.

There are few teams who can successfully perform such a system, but if done correctly, there are proven results.

Learning the ability to press requires work without the ball to be completed consistently, and Rosler has admitted that his players still need to improve their organisational skills before truly adapting to the system.

He is pleased that his players are talented with the ball at their feet, as obviously that is a key part of success on the field of play, but to truly adapt to Rosler’s style they need to improve their work as a defensive unit.

A high-pressing system requires the players involved to work as a full unit, with every player working for the team. Strikers have to defend from the front line, as the aim is to win possession as high up the pitch as possible so as to catch the opposition off guard.

Although still not at the pinnacle of their abilities yet, Rosler has many weeks to go before the Championship season starts, and if he gets his team to play a pressing system, the Whites will move one step closer to securing promotion from the second tier.

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