Games are often won and lost in the midfield with the dominate engine room dictating the play.
The modern game has seen a trend in managers tinkering with their formations to cancel one another out, with the midfield the focal point of any given system.
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Momentum and strength in numbers can see a midfield swamp the opposition - supporting the attack with options.
What can you do to protect your team against a stampede? Work as a unit and strangle the space through the centre of the pitch, according to England's Michael Carrick.
To find out how they man their barricades, let Carrick explain in this video.
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