If you want your defence tight you’ll need to coach your players to force opponents wide leaving attackers unable to dribble into area MORE
Play out of the back with a defensive diamond
A defensive diamond is created when a team’s midfielder drops back from midfield towards his own goal (also known as dropping deep) to form a diamond shape with his goalkeeper and two centre backs.
This enables the team to play out of defence against a team playing with two forwards.
For this to happen, the team’s full backs must go high and wide, and the midfielders and forwards must go into advanced positions to really exaggerate the space for the players to play out of defence.
Dave Clarke’s Soccer Tactics Made Simple explains 58 of the game’s tactical concepts in simple, plain language. Read more.