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The Trifecta

Compact and defensively solid Championship-winning tactic. 100 points with Spurs, with a +95 GD.

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The modern 3-4-3 is versatile and can be moulded to suit the strengths of your team. The system has undergone a renaissance of late, Antonio Conte stormed to the league title with Chelsea, his change to the formation also saw a shift in approach from other managers in the league who began to use the system due to the success of Conte's Chelsea. Under Conte, Chelsea were solid in defence regrouping into a solid block drawing teams on to them before counter-attacking to deadly effect. Another Chelsea manager Tuchel has also found success using the 3-4-3 however, his use of the system was completely different to Conte's. Chelsea under Tuchel likes to keep the ball building attacks through possession and fluid movements in the attack. They also are more aggressive and proactive in trying to win the ball back, pressing the opposition higher up the pitch.

The origins of the tactic go back to the 1980s mainly in Italy due to the number of talented defenders teams possessed. Perhaps the most famous use of the system was Barcelona under Johan Cruyff, what made his use of the system unique was the use of a midfield diamond with the aim of dominating the centre of the pitch.

The Tactic

The aim of this tactic was to be compact in defence holding a structured shape, to invite teams out before trapping them in a pressing block, winning the ball back and countering quickly into the space left by the defence stepping up the pitch.

The team doesn't counter-press as this will pull players out of their individual pressing zones, allowing gaps to open for the opponent to play through. Instead, the team uses smart pressing and traps to force the opposition into mistakes and allow for turnovers of the ball.

The tactic uses a genuine number 10 'the Trequartista' who has a free role to make things happen in the final third. His movement is key to drawing the opponents defenders and midfielders out of position opening space for teammates to exploit. The double-pivot control the ball holding their positions to create the 3-2-5 shape in attack. In defence, they will shuttle to support the CB stoppers allowing the more aggressive DW's to press and win the ball in the wider areas.

Key Players

Check out the video below for a more in-depth look at the tactic.

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