Assistant Manager, Chelsea, 2012-2017
In his second Masterclass delivered exclusively for The Coaches’ Voice, England's assistant manager Steve Holland gives a fascinating insight into the in-possession principles he and Antonio Conte developed at Chelsea when they won the 2016/17 Premier League title. In particular, he focuses on an attacking line of five comprising high, attacking wing-backs – Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses – and a front three of Eden Hazard, Willian or Pedro and Diego Costa.
He proceeds to explain how subsequent Premier League champions – Manchester City under Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool – have since used the same principle of an attacking line of five. He also details variations on who can play in the front five, as well as how the deeper five players in those teams are structured. Finally, he discusses how he and Gareth Southgate adapted some of the same principles with England in building attacks from their preferred 4-3-3.
Author: Ali Tweedale