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The secret to beating a static defence

One of the things I am constantly coaching my teams to do is to pass the ball into space behind the opposition defenders.
By playing a ball from midfield into an attacker he has the option to turn and run or try to make space for the shot or pass first time behind the defenders so one of his team-mates can run on to it.
In this video the AC Milan players at last year¹s Champions Youth Cup Final played Ajax ­ the kings of the pass ­ at their own game and scored a goal by playing the ball into space behind the defence. The Milan forward reacted quickest and had time to round the goalkeeper and finish into the net.




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I find the biggest challenge is to have the forwards making the runs in the first place. As a midfielder, when you are receiving possession of the ball you want to see your forwards already beginning to make a run behind the defence so that you can play the ball into space for them. I think it can be a case of “chicken and egg” which comes first, the pass from the midfielder or the run from the forward?

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