Is it better to be attacking or defensive in the Scottish Premiership?

Is it better to be attacking or defensive in the Scottish Premiership?

By Stefan Bienkowski
Scottish football tends to get a lot of criticism for the style of football that tends to dominate our top leagues. Although some of it may be fair, there’s no denying that the Scottish Premiership is home to a number of different tactics, systems and ultimately identities. Each portrays a different way of playing the


4 Replies to “Is it better to be attacking or defensive in the Scottish Premiership?”

  1. I guess what is emerging for me in this read is that an attacking approach gives you a better opportunity for points success, yet the level of success is determined by your ability to retain possession and defend well….

    1. Yeah, I think there definitely seems to be a cut-off point somewhere halfway down the table. It seems to me that the top 4-5 clubs are all far better at keeping the ball, passing with speed, etc and then it gets a little muddled up when you get to the bottom half. Would be interested to see how St Mirren or Dundee United compare to the bottom half of the Premiership.

    2. Retaining possession and defending well work hand-in-hand. Your attacking structure and defensive transition structure prevent you losing territory, and help prevent attacks. Celtic are better organised than anyone to counter press, while most teams have no emphasis on that aspect of the game.

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