In theory, if they can stop the ball getting to his feet, they can stop the ammunition to the strikers.
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This is enough to stop the average creative spark, but the elite find room to operate.
“You have to find space in between the midfield and defence because it’s there that you can cause confusion for the opposition,” he told FFT.
If the midfielders do drop off, the player in front of them will have more space.
“So if you move in between the lines it can be really difficult for both the opposition defenders and midfielders to mark you.”
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