Willie McNab – Celtic FC Academy
Willie McNab is an Academy Coach and Youth Development officer at Celtic FC. Wille holds the UEFA ‘B’ License. You can follow willie on twitter: @williemcnab
Defending to Counter
Here are some sessions designed for the basic principles of defending and awareness to counter as an individual/team. The sessions are geared to improve concentration from players at all times. Full pressure situations and awareness to find space to counter and speed. It is important to make the sessions competitive. For example: give players points from scoring goals on the counter.
Defending from the front in 4-3-3 versus a flat 4-4-2
Here is a session and examples of how teams should defend tactically from the front versus a flat 4-4-2 when playing in a 4-3-3. Defending is a numbers game. When playing a 4-3-3 you have more numbers in midfield and it when pressing high its important that the forwards work hard to force them inside. Here is a session to train defenders showing inside and not allowing the opposition to use the width to exploit space.
Key Words: Press, Curve your run, Delay, Show inside, Cover, Support. Ball side Goal side, Stay connected.
Players should be looking for the Visual Q’s when to react.