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Let your defenders play like Lucio

DCWhen you are working with your defenders spend some time on ball control and playing the ball away with purpose.

If they are under pressure it is better to kick the ball into the nearest touch to give them some time to regroup. Simply hacking the ball up the pitch can be the wrong option because they don’t know where or how far the ball will go. This creates potential problems for the team.

Explain to your defenders the need to look for a pass to relieve the pressure to link with the rest of the team. They should be allowed to show off their skills with the ball as well as your midfielders and attackers.

The emergency hoof away from goal should only be used when all other options are blocked or impossible to perform.

Watch this compilation of Lucio at Inter Milan and how he puts the ball out or wins the ball and turns attack into defence. He doesn’t aimlessly boot it up the pitch, giving the ball back to his opponents.

Defensive drills and games


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