Sustained pressure is something any defender dreads in a game of football, in that it requires extreme mental concentration for long periods of time, and is also physically draining. During my minimal time playing football at a fairly low level I often judged teams on their ability to tire a team out, and if I was tired as the opposition launched an attack, I would think to myself, This is a good team.
There is a direct link between physical and mental tiredness. It is why goalkeepers train so hard, after all why do they need to be anywhere near as fit as midfielders in the side. It is all down to concentration. Tired players make mistakes, we saw it with John Stones in extra time against Croatia and that is why the pressure cooker is so effective.
But what actually is the pressure cooker and how is it done?
Ways to beat it
By Cam Meighan