Both approaches have their flaws. Go for goal and you run the risk of leaving yourself exposed at the back. Park the bus and invite the opposition to batter your defence into submission.
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Alternatively, fuse the two disciplines together and you have the modern way of defending. What to learn how? The Nike Academy's assistant coach, Matt Wells, has just the drill.
"In this scenario we need a point to stay up. It's 0-0 with five minutes to go and we're happy with that. We want to to keep the ball, but defend our penalty box and get our shape."
Wells encourages taking risks in this situation, but only calculated ones.
"You're saying to your attacking players only shoot if you're confident you can score or you can make the keeper work," he added.
"If you're going to miss, miss long - it's a bit negative, but don't give them the opportunity to counterattack - same as long passing from the back - don't miss short ."
Introduce this drill to your training sessions and ensure your team has what it takes to beat the drop.