Itís hard to get much of an
advantage from a standing start. So attackers can make a flat run across the
defense, parallel to the end line, just in front of the defense. Then they
make a cut up-field toward the goal just as the ball is played.
This kind of run is especially
dangerous in two situations:
- against an
- along the edge
of the penalty box
Defenders have no time to react
after the cut, before the attacker has reached shooting range. The Barca
offense uses several different flat runs to free up attackers.
Flat run to beat
the offside trap
Here A2 makes the flat run, and
A3 releases the pass just as A2 is level with D2. at that point, A2 has
a huge advantage, because D2 cannot get to the ball without fouling A2. The
actual pass is quite short, so it is hard to defend, and happens very
If the defender cheats over to
cover the flat run and through pass, he become vulnerable to a diagonal pass
behind his back.
Note that once again, timing
and communications are everything. Determined repetitive practice
creates the link between attacking players that make this play work