Pukki brings more than just goals to Norwich… his relentless high press is a nightmare for defenders

By | 23rd August 2019

EVERYONE is now looking at Norwich’s Teemu Pukki after his fantastic start to the season.

Four goals in two games is a brilliant return, especially for someone who was forced to remodel his game before arriving at Carrow Road from Danish side Brondby.

Teemu Pukki brings more to Norwich than just goals
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He was mainly used as a No 10 or wide player by Daniel Farke initially, until September when he started to get in the goals as main frontman.

Now, he is an absolute nightmare.

Pukki is non-stop, with a lot of chances created by his own work rate getting the wrong side of the centre-backs.

Yes, everybody will be looking at his goals but it’s also what he does for the team — namely not allowing opponents to settle and being the main man in their high press.

And it’s that high press and tactical organisation that makes Norwich so hard to play against.

They play a 4-2-3-1 with a front four playing high and narrow, while their two full-backs fly forward.

That creates a real dilemma for the opposition defence — you want to stop the supply line from out wide but then that will leave space in the middle.

It’s almost a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.


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The only way to defend it is to mark both full-backs and make sure you have numbers back in midfield, leaving your striker isolated.

Norwich are great to watch. Yes, they were too expansive at Liverpool and will have to temper their attacking intent away at the likes of City and United and against today’s visitors Chelsea.

As they showed against Newcastle, they like to stamp their authority on the game and have an identity which is understood across the club as they build on past success.

This post written by Anthony Chapman originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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