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 playing inside of them.
He proceeds to explain how subsequent Premier League champions – Manchester City under Pep Guardiola and the Liverpool of Jürgen Klopp – have since used the same principle of an attacking line of five, and featured variations on who plays where and how the deeper five players in those teams are structured. Finally, he discusses how he and Gareth Southgate adapted some of those same principles with England in building attacks from within their preferred 4-3-3.