The Regista: football tactics explained

Midfielder Andrea Pirlo #21 of New York City FC kicks the ball forward during the match vs Vancouver Whitecaps at Yankee Stadium on April 30, 2016 in New York City. New York city FC won 3-2.
Andrea Pirlo - the king of the Registas (Image credit: Michael Stewart/Getty Images)

Every coach worth their salt these days knows just how important defensive midfielders are. Whether coaching an amateur side or simply putting together a flawless tactical system on Football Manager, imposing a deeper midfielder can provide the heartbeat of a team. It’s a position that deserves respect.

Just look at how important Rodri has been for Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning Manchester City side in the last few years. But defensive midfielders are (can represent) very much a broad spectrum.

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Jack Lacey-Hatton
Freelance writer

Jack has worked as a sports reporter full-time since 2021. He previously worked as the Chief Women’s Football Writer at the Mirror, covering the England Women’s national team and the Women’s Super League. Jack has covered a number of major sporting events in recent years including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the ground in Australia.