“Libero”-ated — A look at the Principles behind how Gabriel Heinze’s teams Play Out from the back.

Positioning of the players— Not “tactics”:

Libero in front of the Defence (vs Open Opposition Forwards):

A positional snapshot & overview of team shapes from Rosario Central vs. Vélez Sarsfield — Superliga Argentina 2019–20.
Build-up examples from Rosario Central vs. Vélez Sarsfield: against a 1–2 Opposition Forward Line.
An excellent mini-thread from Adin Osmanbašić, currently at Heinze’s future side Atlanta United, on pinning and the role of the goalkeeper within this.

Libero behind the Defence (vs Narrow Opposition Forwards):

A positional snapshot & overview of team shapes from Vélez Sarsfield vs Godoy Cruz — Superliga Argentina 2019–20.
Build-up examples from Vélez Sarsfield vs Godoy Cruz & Unión de Santa Fe vs Vélez Sarsfield: against a 2–2 Opposition Forward Line.

Libero at the same level as the Defence (vs a deep opposition 2–1 Forward line)

A positional snapshot & overview of team shapes from Arsenal de Sarandí vs. Vélez Sarsfield — Superliga Argentina 2019–20.
Build-up examples from Arsenal de Sarandí vs. Vélez Sarsfield: 3–3–1–3 against a 2–1 Opposition Forward Line.

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Daniel Fraiz-Martinez

Daniel Fraiz-Martinez

“I’ve finally accepted myself for who I am: a beggar for good football. I go about the world, hand’s outstretched… & when it happens, I give thanks for it!”