Klinsmann: Why Did We Go with One Forward for All those Games? There’s a Simple Explanation.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann differs from his predecessor Bob Bradley in many ways, but none more pronounced than in his willingness to engage the media. Whereas Bradley was almost Belichickian with the press, keeping his tactics and team talks strictly within the team, Klinsmann is the polar opposite.

The 47-year-old German legend will share his philosophies, strategies, and methods with just about anyone who’ll listen.

In addition to recent interviews with Goal.com and the Sporting News, the U.S. boss sat down with Allen Hopkins for an hourlong interview in mid-February. U.S. Soccer has broken up the conversation into multiple segments, and released them all on the YouTube.

Here he is on tactical formations:

Hopkins says we’ve seen a 4-2-1-3, and 4-1-2-3 … but … have we? Seems to us that Klinsmann has played two formations in his 10 games in charge: a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-4-2.

We have never seen three forwards line up for him, either in the formations Hopkins mentions or in a 4-3-3 that some observers claim Klinsmann has employed. Klinsmann’s wide attacking players with the U.S. have always been wingers, tasked with getting back and defending as much as getting forward. In other words, midfielders—not forwards.

That’s how it’s looked to us. If we’re missing something, let us know in the comments.

It will also be interesting to see what Klinsmann deploys when he has his first-choice selection available, something he hasn’t had yet—but has still managed to put together a four-game win streak and a 5-4-1 overall record.

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One comment on “Klinsmann: Why Did We Go with One Forward for All those Games? There’s a Simple Explanation.

  1. Prison Mike says:

    Although not relating directly to formations, I agree 100% with his analysis of Barcelona’s play. Of course, their skill and technique are off the charts, but their work rate is equally impressive. They pressure the ball all over the field during the rare occasions when they themselves do not posses it. But that’s something that would be very difficult for us to do, given that we often do not possess the ball.

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