Tuesday 21 November 2017

Old-fashioned position can turn modern defences inside-out

Pep Guardiola (PA)
Pep Guardiola (PA)

Joe Molloy

Talking to Pat Nevin on the football show takes us to interesting places.

Pat, just about the smartest pundit around, is a Monday night regular on Off The Ball and this week we found ourselves talking about the "old" inside left and right positions; the point being of course, that the "old" inside positions have never been more relevant.

Pep Guardiola, it turns out, prizes those inside channels above any other in the opposition's half. All defensive structures, it seems, struggle to cover them perfectly.

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