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How to unpick defensive locks

When you construct your team often the missing player is the midfielder orchestrator; the one player who pulls the strings, who has great vision, who works between the lines and who can unlock the most stubborn of defences. Someone who has the flexibility in their game to work in behind a striker or out on the flanks with equal potency.

Here are my favourite ways to unpick solid defences that stop your team scoring goals

Penetrating passes in and around the penalty area are fantastic ways to get behind a defence. Four square provides plenty of opportunities to make clever passes and set up play around the goal area.

A great session for creating the team orchestrator is The key player which gives you the tools to coach a key player in your team to set up plays and unlock the opposition’s defence. Balls played into space beyond the defenders and into wide positions are encouraged, as are quick passing moves.

Now try this small sided game called 3v3v3 central and wide advantage which will show your team the benefits of having two types of attack – an additional attacker in the centre of the pitch will force your team to work on quick combination play in central areas and additional players in wide areas will force your team to play more wide passes where crosses can be made into the opponent’s box.

A great player who can run the team from midfield is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba – he runs the game for his team. Try this game Run games like Paul Pogba to have your players getting points for assists and for scoring goals – it’s a fast game, played at pace and will give your players a good test.

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