Double-pivot midfields: Football tactics explained

Double-pivot midfield, Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Fulham FC at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2024 in London, England.
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The double-pivot midfield is a tactic used by many teams and coaches across most leagues in the world.

It can also be employed across a variety of formations but is most common in the popular 4-2-3-1. It has its roots in the iconic W-M formation of the 1920s and requires two central midfielders to be in sync with each other to manage space in attack and defence effectively.

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Andy Wright

Andy is a freelance sports journalist whose work has appeared across a number of print and online titles, including Golf Monthly, Eurosport and TNT Sports. He graduated in 2019 and began his career working in golf before joining Future in February 2021 as a staff writer for Golf Monthly. Andy has since decided to branch out into other sports and now covers football, rugby, snooker, UFC, Formula 1, boxing, and others. He is a Manchester United fan and joins the FourFourTwo team at an interesting time for his club and the game as a whole.