Adjusting Defensive Tactics

By Stevie Grieve Pep Guardiola a main exponent of ‘positional play’ (or ‘Juego de posicion’ in Spanish) and uses a system based on overloads via occupying multiple defenders, occupying specific spaces, creating overloads and spaces to attack into whenever possible, … Continue reading

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Defending Opponents with their Back to Goal

By Sean Pearson Session Length: 90 mins A lot of sessions focus on defending when players are dribbling the ball towards the defenders. I can’t remember seeing a session that focuses on defending players with their back to goal. This is … Continue reading

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The Use of Inverted Full Backs

By Stevie Grieve Pep Guardiola has evolved the Bayern Munich team over the 18 months he has been in charge so it is almost unrecognisable from the treble winning team and style Jupp Heynckes left behind. The system has changed … Continue reading

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Bayern Positioning to Cover the Key Zones

By Stevie Grieve Positioning in modern football is a massive part of the success of a team, particularly in the development of an attacking game but also in ball conservation to defend, while defensive positioning has always been an important … Continue reading

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Arsenal’s Defensive Instability

By Stevie Grieve In the last few seasons, Arsenal have tried to play a possession and pressing system, but often with massive instability, mainly through Mikel Arteta’s bad decision making at the bottom of the midfield triangle when deciding to … Continue reading

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The Importance of the Center Back Pairing

By Stevie Grieve Arsenal have been notoriously bad defensively for several years, but this looked to be changing in the past 18 months, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker becoming a solid partnership at the back as both players strengths complement each … Continue reading

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