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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How to Defend Against Potent Attacking Teams

By Stevie Grieve In the Copa Del Rey final, Real Madrid went into the game against Barcelona confident of a win, even without Cristiano Ronaldo who mass missing due to injury, but with Bale and Benzema both capable of defending … Continue reading

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Attack v Defense SSG

By Keith Scarlett This activity works on defending, timing of tackles, covering angles and decision-making. In this crucial section of the pitch, defending needs to be precise and perfect! One of the biggest things that players need to learn is … Continue reading

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Man Marking in Midfield

By Stevie Grieve One of the main benefits of playing with a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 is that you can have a high level of flexibility using the 5 players in the midfield. We regularly see teams who like to press … Continue reading

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High Pressure Defending

By Stevie Grieve. Bayern Munich are right now arguably the best team in Europe, and although they regularly enjoy over 60% possession in matches, they need to ensure that they don’t leave the back door open and conceded goals in … Continue reading

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Top Speed Tackling Drill

By Keith Scarlett This activity works on 1v1 attacking and defending in close quarters, 1st touch, intensity and to see who is willing to get stuck in on tackles. The exercise is done at top-speed, is a quick moving exercise … Continue reading

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