Tim Walter arrives at VFB Stuttgart with a strong reputation despite failing to gain promotion with Holstein Kiel last year, while Walter arrives at a club hoping to bounce straight back up to the Bundesliga following their disappointing campaign last year. Walter faces a difficult task in boosting the confidence of his side again, particularly when his style of play requires such a high level of confidence and can lead to individual errors at times. In this tactical analysis, I’ll look at how Walter’s VfB Stuttgart might look and use recent friendlies to unpick the initial teething problems for Stuttgart.
The main feature of Tim Walter’s Holstein Kiel side was their expansive, brave and fluent build up play, which sees many different strategies for breaking through the opposition lines. There are various patterns which we saw at Kiel that are now being used in Walter’s early games at Stuttgart.
One common pattern is the use of asymmetrical full backs in order to create space out wide. In the below image, the right full back moves into the centre and receives the ball at a good angle. The space which we would conventionally see occupied by the right full back is now empty, and so the winger can drop in and receive the ball, where Kiel can then overload the full back with the opposition forced to occupy Kiel’s central players.
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