UNDERSTANDING MY VERSION OF THREE-AT-THE-BACK
Having three at the back seems to be out-dated. Edu Reja at Lazio seems to favour 3 at the back but this series (this can be called the pilot though it’s kinda short) isn’t meant to be about a clear 3-5-2 or 3-4-3. It’s about the “other teams” who play THREE-AT-THE-BACK. It’s about the teams whose “formations” start with 4-4-2 or 4-5-1/4-3-3 or a “poor” 4-6-0 if you’re Craig Levein or the “brilliant” version if you’re Luciano Spalletti. It’s about those teams whose managers have adapted their teams to defend with 3 while attacking. It’s about the teams whose managers employ supposedly “complex” systems that players take time to adapt to. It’s about those teams that even though I say they play with three, anyone of those three can pop up on the flanks or in the box (Don’t take my word for it – Verify anything I say). It’s about the teams whose “formations” would be almost impossible to replicate on Football Manager (I tried and failed mostly because the Game Engine couldn’t understand what was happening and I’m nowhere near as reasonable as any of these managers). And finally, it’s about those teams I can’t watch enough of because some would say something like, “It’s alright but it’s not the real thing” (though that’s changing where I am – Nigeria).
This series would mostly cover the attacking phase of play for any team featured in the series because that’s how it’s supposed to be. Feel free to leave comments about anything you think and you can also recommend another team you feel play three-at-the-back while attacking. Ciao
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