Moving from Diamond to a Flat Midfield

By Stevie Grieve Massimiliano Allegri was appointed Juventus coach in the summer after the departure of Antonio Conte to the Italian National Squad, and has tried to adapt the Conte 5-3-2 formation and solid defensive system, to a more expansive … Continue reading

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Changing Defensive Shape During Play

By Stevie Grieve During the run to winning La Liga in 2014 and reaching the Champions League Final in 2014, Diego Simeone’s well organised team were very flexible in their defensive structure. Normally a team who would play 4-4-2 in … Continue reading

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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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