The ‘Gegenpressing’ of KVO: many try, but no one can do it that well – Voetbalnieuws

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‘Gegenpressing’, the hobbyhorse of Alexander Blessin, coach of KV Oostende. Despite the skepticism at the start of the season, KV Oostende is in the quiet middle bracket after seven matches. Or how the German could convince his team of his vision.

Blessin is actually a bit like Vincent Kompany: he will die with his principles. At Red Bull Leipzig he saw how he won titles with the youth teams with his ‘Gegenpressing’ because his teams were physically so much further than the opponents. It’s not easy to play and requires a lot of physical and intelligence, but it’s efficient.

Bear from a physical coach

He introduced that principle to the Kustjongens from day one. After the losses against Beerschot and Charleroi, there was no grumbling at any player. The group of players had already realized that the recipe could be successful if everyone just kept in step.

The game wasn’t bad either. The tactic? Recover the ball as quickly as possible from anywhere on the field. For that you need players who are physically at one hundred percent. Enter Alfred Ntiamoah! Chances are many have never seen KVO’s physical coach, but let’s just say he leaves a lasting impression.

Beautiful football in possession

Ntiamoah (see main photo) was taken over from Mouscron. A bear of a guy. The joke is that he has never been able to walk straight through a door. Ntiamoah has fatigued the players in the preparation, but that is now paying off. Ostend has only used 16 players this season and the infirmary has hardly seen any people.

But the ‘Gegenpressing’ is only part of the whole. Ostend also shows great things in possession. Everything is almost over the ground and there is a lot of infiltration from midfield. While it was still coffee grounds for the season and many analysts saw them finish at the bottom, this team never seems to get into trouble.





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