Set piece analysis: PSV attacking corners

The Eredivisie is about to start, but PSV has already embarked on their journey for the 2021/2022 season. They managed to win the two games against Galatasaray, meaning they are progressing to the next round of the Champions League qualifiers. It will be a very interesting and defining season for the Dutch outfit. Will they reach the Champions League? Will they challenge Ajax for the title?

In this set piece analysis my focus is set on PSV’s attacking corners in their pre-season friendlies and their games against Galatasary. It occurred to me that their set up is quite the same in a lot of the corners, but how effective can they be? I’ve chosen four interesting corners that show what I mean.

PSV vs VfL Osnabrück

In the video above we see PSV against Osnabrück with PSV having a corner from the left. The corner is taken by a left-footed player, meaning the ball will swing out towards the penalty spot. Osnabrück employs a four-man zonal structure (error in the video) with one man marker.

PSV has a player on the left for the short option and one player just outside the penalty area. This player is tasked with cleared balls and also with being the first line of rest defence. There is one player in the six-yard box and in the middle on the penalty spot they have four players against three players of Osnabrück, meaning they have an overload in this area.

As soon as the ball is taken we see the four runners split in two units of two. One unit moves towards the central zones of the penalty area, while the other two players move towards the front post, as that is where the most danger is generated. Especially the highlighted players makes an interesting run, he takes advantage of the overload and makes a good run towards the first post.

PSV vs PAOK

In the video above we see PSV against PAOK with PSV having a corner from the left. The corner is taken by a left-footed player, meaning the ball will swing out towards the penalty spot. PAOK employs a six-man zonal structure with no man marker to cover the PSV player in the six-yard box.

PSV has a player on the left for the short option and one player just outside the penalty area. This player is tasked with cleared balls and also with being the first line of rest defence. There is one player in the six-yard box and in the middle on the penalty spot they have one player against one players of Paok. A bit deeper into the penalty area you can see three players of PSV who will make runs forward against two players of PAOK. Here again, PSV tries to create an overload with the runners.

The player on the penalty spot moves closer to the six-yard box and his man-marker goes with him, meaning that more space is created for the runs from the deeper players. The ball doesn’t get to the runners, but employing runners to a mostly zonal marking team, can be very fruitful.

PSV vs Galatasaray, first leg

In the video above we see PSV against Galatasaray with PSV having a corner from the right. The corner is taken by a right-footed player, meaning the ball will swing out towards the penalty spot. Galatasaray employs a three-man zonal structure with one man marker to cover the PSV player in the six-yard box.

PSV has a player on the right for the short option and two players just outside the penalty area. These players are tasked with cleared balls and also with being the first line of rest defence. There is one player in the six-yard box and in the middle on the penalty spot they have two players against one three players of Galatasaray. A bit deeper into the penalty area you can see two players of PSV who will make runs forward. There are basically four runners against three defenders which means that PSV again tries to create an overload in this specific situation.

There are five players making runs forward as you can see in the video. two players make the move towards the front post, while two players stay more centrally and one player anticipating the ball being headed towards the far post – so he makes a run there to possibly convert it.

PSV vs Galatasaray, leg two

In the video above we see PSV against Galatasaray with PSV having a corner from the right. The corner is taken by a right-footed player, meaning the ball will swing out towards the penalty spot. Galatasaray employs a four-man zonal structure with one man marker to cover the PSV player in the six-yard box.

PSV has a player on the right for the short option and two players just outside the penalty area. These players are tasked with cleared balls and also with being the first line of rest defence. There is one player in the six-yard box and one player stands just outside the penalty area. A bit deeper into the penalty area you can see three players of PSV who will make runs forward.

When the runs are made you can see the two players closest to the goal forming a line with one runner – moving as a line towards the front post. In doing so they create space in the central zones and far post zones, which can be attacked. In this routine, however, PSV didn’t create an overload but where outnumber in the 2v3. Those two players split: one remains centrally and the other goes to the far post zone.

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