Exactly the same format that we beat arteta with,sit deep,faff about with the ball if the press gets too hot long balls down the channels or dropping between their defenders and midfield,if you can play through a half hearted/organised press then decent on the deck passes straight up the field can really hurt them.At the right times kane,son,moura/bale/bergwjn can be three on 3 or even 2,Attacking wise even 3 versus 4 is decent odds. Teams that really commit to a high press and force teams to either turnover the ball or resort to long hopeful punts normally come out on top............Unless its a trap.Chavy, I kind of see Jose's approach to these matches as "Organized Crime". We are very disciplined & organized in our set up but it's like a crime against the club's ethos but we manage to steal the results. I agree that we won't see this week in, week out but he'll utilize it in order to get the desired results.
So Aurier has the ball,he has acceptable passes to hojbjerg (or sissoko) and back to Dier.All players have a city lad within 5m of attendance,but the plan/instruction is not to play through the press,so back to dier,someone pushes up on toby and diers man presses him.Aurier still has close attention as does sissoko and hojbjeg,ndombele has a loose marker.The options are hugo,reguillon (that across the box pass you are taught as kids never to attempt) or hoof.Dier goes back to hugo someone presses him,one steps up towards dier,probably someone closes slightly on reguillon,all of toby,aurier,sissoko and hojbjerg still have close marking now.Now if you do the math,they only have 10 outfield players,if they are aggresively pressing 7 of those will be in our half,it isnt rocket science that a decent outlet ball over the press but not their back 4 asks a centerback to step up and intercept or get tight and all kinds of opportunities open up if the ball reaches kane or ndombele and they can turn.
Thats very simplistic analysis but its how it works on occasion,we draw them in,the trap is set,if it doesnt work nothing lost the back 4 and at least 2 holding midfielders are at home waiting.The egotisitical naivety of some managers forcing tactical impatience on their sides (pep and arteta certainly,barca,real,& poch too I would add),when something doesnt work try something different,but they dont and an old dog like Jose will give his side more than half a chance if they follow and execute the plan.
This plan is for such a small number of managers/sides i dont think parking the bus will occur too much,is my hope.