Deep lying strikers, trequartistas, interchangeable forward lines - protecting the back four can be a nightmare for a holding midfielder.
Where do you position yourself? Who do you mark? How do you stop the opposition getting the ball to their playmaker?
By being proactive and working with your defence, says Michael Carrick.
More after the break
“If the opposition floods the midfield and one of their forwards drops deep, you have to get information from your centre-halves," the England international told FourFourTwo Performance.
"If you’ve got to keep looking over your shoulder you can’t see what’s happening in front of you. "
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