Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler told the club’s website about the two areas he felt his side looked dangerous during the recently friendly game against Hoffenheim.
Leeds lost the match 2-1 but Rosler is pleased with the way the team played in a couple of areas, as they continue their preparations for the new Championship season.
The new campaign is now under two weeks away and it’s vital for Leeds to ensure that they head into the new football year with all areas of the team functioning impressively.
“We looked dangerous from set-pieces and we looked dangerous from open play. We had lots of chances – I’m very happy,” he told leedsunited.com.
Open play tactics
Leeds are a team arguably at their best when they are looking to control possession and build pressure from open play.
The first team have plenty of players who are well suited to a brand of possession based football and slowly working away at the opposition, as they look for a way through the defence of their opponents.
The fact they appear to be in good form in terms of exploiting that space and enhancing their creativity is very encouraging.
Set pieces shouldn’t be ignored
Leeds also have some strikers who allow the team to play direct and enhance the side’s threat from set piece situations.
The likes of Mirco Antenucci, Lee Erwin and Chris Wood are all strong strikers, who can make the difference in situations where a player launches the ball into the box from a free kick or corner.
It’s a tactic, which will supply the side with some relief in terms of pressure and it also makes the team slightly unpredictable, though it can’t be the main way that Leeds focus on winning matches.