Change Of System For Wales Under Ryan Giggs

It has been interesting to see the changes made to the Wales senior side under the management of Ryan Giggs. A system which led them to the Euro 2016 semi-finals has been changed with a group of younger players being brought into the squad, so we have taken a closer look at those changes with the aid of Globall Coach software to demonstrate.

Under Chris Coleman, Wales enjoyed a great deal of success by playing three at the back. At the time, not so many teams in world football played in this way and found it difficult to play against.

Wales made it very difficult for opponent teams to break them down, and they had players such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey who could do damage in the attacking areas.

Illustrated in the Globall Coach animation above, they worked well as a team and moved across the pitch as a unit.

When defending in wide areas, the wing-back on that side would press with the midfield to try and win the ball back. The wing back on the other side would drop in to effectively make a back four and provide that defensive solidity.

Fast forward to the present day, and Ryan Giggs has generally adopted a back four for the team, which has a fresh look to it with a lot of younger players being brought into the squad.

As shown in the Globall Coach animation above, defensively, they have 18-year-old Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea who plays the defensive midfield role and comes deep to collect the ball from the defence to get the team playing forward.

In the more advanced roles, they still have the quality of Bale and Ramsey, but also some more youthful talent such as David Brooks and Harry Wilson who offer directness and pace, making Wales incredibly dangerous on the counter attack.

We went into more detail on this subject in our latest Tactico Tuesday video analysis which can be watched here.

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Paul Harper