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A top tactic to open defences – the fake striker

DCIn the English Premier League this season there are two tactics I want to take from it and give to my team next season.

First the use of a fake centre forward, a player that drops off from a normal attacking role to drop into midfield dragging the defenders out of their comfort zone creating space behind them.

Think Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez. Messi continually drags defenders out of the area to create space for players like Pedro to work in. Tevez not only plays as a striker but also links the whole of the team together making up for any lack of team play by always being available for the ball before breaking away with it to attack the goal.

Messi creates space for a new kind of winger, a player that cuts inside and attacks the heart of the defence where once a centre forward stood. The fake centre forward creates the space for the winger to cut into rather than take the ball wide and cross it they can cut into the danger zone and shoot.

Sounds simple enough so I’m going to try it.

Watch Carlos Tevez work on a drill you can set up for your players in the clip below


Coaches, managers, players – just relax

dc1I heard a great phrase this weekend and it came from the lips of our goalkeeper.

We had been involved in a tough game, and found ourselves 3-2 down having been 1-0 and then 2-1 up. But with 10 minutes to go we scored a great goal to level things.

The boys were supercharged with energy and were going gung ho for a win. However this left us opened up a the back and our opponents got through three times only to see our goalkeeper defend brilliantly.

“Guys, guys,” he shouted, “just relax!”

What a great thing to shout, I thought, he’s absolutely right, we should all just relax. And then he shouted it again, “relax, Josh just relax.”

We played the last few minutes in complete control and should have won it but the chance went over the bar.

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