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02 Sep 2020 23:16:29
Can someone explain to me what are the advantages of a back three?, I just don't get it, I know it is probably in one of those books that Ronnie used to read, I think it was called 'Football for Dummies', the one he was most into, but I don't see how a back three trump's an old fashioned back four,

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03 Sep 2020 03:45:25
It was obviously a big gamble last season that paid off.
The biggest advantage for me would be results.
The 3-5-2 played a big part on why Celtic won 24 out of 25 domestic games last season and it’s a glove that seems to fit for us.
The Motherwell manager mentioned the difference on Sunday was Celtic changing to a 3-5-2 formation.
I also think it helps McGregor get further forward with his intelligent runs,
with the security of another defender filling his space as he moves up the park.
I also think we attack in big numbers but also try to defend in big numbers better.
Another big plus is we get players much closer to Edouard for his trademark touch and turn. There is nothing worse than watching Edouard with not another Celtic player anywhere near him, similar to what happened away to Kilmarnock.
Give Edouard the proper support and he will move through the gears.

03 Sep 2020 08:22:31
A lot of teams that play against us 'flood' the middle of the park by playing a 4-5-1 (or even 4-6-0) and stifling the midfield.
As long as we have the right personnel - 3-5-2 gives us more width and that extra player, with more attacking options; it suits teams like us that are good at keeping possession as team-mates are closer together. Plus we have the capacity to have a 5 man back-line if we have to defend or a 3-4 man attack on the break.
On the down-side defending with three can be vulnerable to quick counter attacks, so the 'back three' have to be athletic, agile and have developed a very good positional understanding.
It also gives us two up front, with opponents reluctant to go man-for- man, it creates gaps for attacking from middle to front.
I think the bottom line is whatever formations you choose, the most important thing is having the best players in their best position and hope they all do their jobs?

03 Sep 2020 08:26:02
There no advantage to any system if it’s set in stone and you’re opponent can counter it. That’s why you need a coach who can read the game and adapt to what is happening at any given time.
I’ve never understood zonal marking where a six foot defender get beaten by a small attacker who has a run up and momentum. Used to dread watching us use that as it always cost goals. Hopefully intelligent managers can adapt as required.

03 Sep 2020 11:44:47
It depends also a lot on how secure and proactive the back three are. If you've 3 dummies then it's obviously not going to work. I've been reading Celic are still enquiring about Omar Colley, so having him and Shane Duffy in the back 3 will give the midfielders more security to do what they do.

03 Sep 2020 11:46:39
More width.

03 Sep 2020 18:27:05
thats what she said mally.

03 Sep 2020 22:05:44
I still don't see the point of it, a back four, with two good mobile fullbacks is way more stable than a back three, which is vulnerable to quick side to side counter attacks,



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