Professional Defending Tactics

NEW! Take your defending to the next level with 21 exclusive defending plans from the best coaches in English soccer
League Managers Association

Professional Defending Tactics is a fantastic collection of practices from leading managers at the top of the English game. Packed full of pro tips, the practices are clearly and simply explained with colour illustrations. Assuming a basic level of coaching experience, you can use and adapt them to benefit your team’s defending play.

The managers, courtesy of the League Managers Association, need no introduction: Antonio Conte presents his session on back three tactics, José Mourinho gives his approach on defensive organisation, Mauricio Pochettino focuses on the key elements of defensive pressing, while David Moyes presents his take on establishing and improving defensive principles.

See below in the Description tab for the full list of the 25 managers and their practices.


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These practice sessions are exclusively written for Elite Soccer in partnership with the League Managers Association and are not available elsewhere.

Antonio Conte – Back three tactics

José Mourinho – Defensive organisation

Mauricio Pochettino – Pressing initiation

David Moyes – Improving defending

Mauricio Pellegrino – Defending as a midfield or back four

Roy Hodgson – Defensive principles

Roberto Mancini – Decisive defending

Quique Sánchez Flores – Compactness when defending overloads

Sam Allardyce – Defending the box

Alan Pardew – Defending crosses

Paul Lambert – Defensive dexterity

Mick McCarthy – Attacking and defending in counter-attack situations

Owen Coyle – Preparing the back four

Steve Bruce – Defending as individuals and pairs

Aidy Boothroyd – Defending 1v1

David Moyes – Segmented training spaces

Ian Holloway – Penetrating or protecting the defensive line

Alan Pardew – Pressing and blocking lines

Mark Hughes – Playing out from the back

Slaven Bilic – Defensive pressing and offensive possession under pressure

David Moyes – Defending against a switch of play


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