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My Favourite System

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

As a manager, you have your favourite systems. When I was in Villarreal CF, I usually played 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. People will say it’s the manager’s idea, but it’s important to include the players – if you have four top players, maybe it’s better to play 4-3-3 or in 3-4-3.

In that respect, it’s important not to restrict yourself. If you’re in a club where you have the option to buy certain players, then you can orientate yourself around that – whether you want to play counter, offensive, pressing or defensive.

I’m more active. I was like that as a player – I didn’t like just watching, waiting for the opponent to make a mistake I could take advantage of. I was always the kind of player who preferred to attack.

Ximo Badenes - Head Coach FC Odisea

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