Defending session by Willie McNab. Willie has a UEFA ‘A’ License and is a full time academy staff coach at Celtic Football Club in Scotland.
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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.
Transition Games and Video
Here are some Transition (Attacking to Defending / Defending to Attacking) Games. A Coach can work on Either topic or both. I use these games a lot for Defensive Principles.
Transition games are great as they are very Game related. Soccer/Football is all about Transitions.
“The most important moment in the game today is when the ball is won or lost.” – Gérard Houllier
Here is a great video on Transition by Barcelona (below) When Defending they call it the “6 second rule”. They have to get the ball back in 6 seconds (high pressing). If they don’t get the ball they retreat and get their defensive shape.