Unai Emery – Basic Defensive Line Principles

The Sevilla FC coach, three times UEFA Europa League champion, show us what priciples he works with his defensive line

1. If the team is pressing the player with the ball, the lines keeps its position:

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2. If the player with the ball pass backward, the line shall move forward:

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3. If there is no near player to the ball carrier, the line shall pay attention to the opened spaces on the back, always ready to run to it:

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4. If the carrier is moving ahead, the line shall move back, until a player can mark him:

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By Pedro Mendonça

About Pedro Mendonça: Real Madrid Foundation - Football Coach/Professor. UEFA B Football Coach. Physical Education Teacher. Author of: "Tactical Periodization: A Practical Application for the Game Model of FC Bayern Munich"

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