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Tactical use of checking for the ball third man running

Posted by coachpaul on July 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM


This is a great example of how checking back for the ball can open up space for a team-mate. See how the defender follows the striker which allows the center midfielder to make a run into space.

Remember the check to the ball drills we have been running this is what they can do for the team. This works for both forwards checking for the ball or for mid fielders checking for the ball from defenders.

In Picture 1, you can see Drogba, the striker, checking towards Essien, which draws Wheater out of position.

In Picture 2, you can see Lampard making his run from midfield into the space that’s been opened behind Wheater.

This is a textbook example of how central midfielders need to be willing and able to identify and run into space behind the backline in order to keep possession from stagnating.


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