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One Six to Build or Two?

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

This week I think Although the defensive benefits of two holding midfielders are well known, it seems that we rarely talk about the variety of solves that it provides, particularly against a press. In this video I look at four solutions that could lead to attacking opportunities. On the surface two holding midfielders provide more stability in the build-up, but as we look deeper in the video breakdown, we can see how many attacking opportunities it provides for a team as the draw an opponent further down the pitch. The example below, which is discussed in the video, is a really good picture to show the advantages that those central overloads can create and the questions it can ask of the opposition.



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Almost immediately after the breakdown video above was posted, we got a couple of coaches asking about session ideas in regards to this topic. One of the key aspects discussed in session design that I feel is often overlooked, is the concept of when to use the wide neutral players. Sometimes using a neutral too low on the pitch means that you cannot push your wide players forward and then, with two sixes also low, you draw too much pressure close to your goal. Below is a full breakdown of the session.




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