Countering a team that press high up the pitch

Movement is the key to breaking through enemy lines, says former Norwich City gaffer Chris Hughton
Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola, has led the Catalan club to almost unprecedented success, but by his own admission they're weak defensively.

"We play in the other team's half as much as possible because I get worried when the ball is in my half," he says.

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"We're a horrible team without the ball so I want us to get it back as soon as possible and I'd rather give away fouls and the ball in their half than ours."

By pressing high up the pitch Barcelona ambush the opposition and hijack the ball, but how do you overcome this siege tactic?

Former Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton says "brave movement" from your central midfields can help you create space and evade the battalion of would-be tacklers.

Find out more by watching this video.

Chris Hughton will be appearing at this year’s brmb Grass Roots Football Show at the NEC from the 3-5 June. For more information on the biggest grass roots football event in Europe go to

Also see:
Hughton: Stop the opposition's passing game
Hughton: Last 5 mins and you need a goal
Winning the ball off the target man
How to make the opposition play the long ball game
Playing the offside trap as a full-back: the doos and don'ts

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