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Matt Wells, Assistant Coach at the Nike Football Academy explains the importance of the correct positioning of the 4-3-3 defensive midfield player.
This is a key role in this type of system and the player has to work hard to make good angles to receive the ball out of defense.
This player also has to have excellent awareness of opposition players around him and understand when to receive and turn or when just to bounce the ball off to another player on a one-touch pass.
Source : Nike Football Academy