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Sean Dyche • Key principles of the 4-4-2 formation and how he used it at Burnley • Masterclass

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0:10 - Intro
0:17 - Why he played a 4-4-2 at Burnley
1:33 - Out of possession: "Keep them one side"
4:50 - Shuffle and slide
6:39 - Protecting the key scoring zone
8:59 - In possession: changing the tempo
10:46 - Building play
14:42 - 4-4-1-1 variation
16:47 - Giving the players the tools to succeed

In the second of two exclusive Coaches’ Voice Masterclasses, Sean Dyche gives a fascinating insight into his use of the 4-4-2 formation during his time as manager of Burnley.

In an in-depth session, Dyche examines both the in-possession and out-of-possession tactics he refined in a 10-year spell that saw the northwest club spend six consecutive seasons competing in the Premier League. In that time, they finished as high as seventh in the table and qualified for European football.

He goes on to discuss the tweaks he made to the set-up, including employing a defensively-aware number 10 in a 4-4-1-1 shape, as well as his approach to developing players, such as Kieran Trippier and Danny Ings, within that system.

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