HOW TO DEFEND CORNERS
Last year I wrote this exact article about corners for Strikerless and I recently found out that this also works in Football Manager 2017. So, I thought it would be wise to share this once more with the Football Manager community!
THE SET UP
Next to the attacking corner routines everybody needs a solid defensive corner routine as well. There are many ways to defend your opponents corner but i always try to give it a little extra. In this article i will show you my views on how to properly defend a corner and how you can turn your opponents corner into a counter attacking opportunity for your own team. This setup all depends on the quality of the players your team possesses. The idea is to convert a defensive corner routine into a counter attacking opportunity for your own team. To do so i have kept the setup rather simple as I’ve tried to eliminate all scoring options from my opponent.
Option 1: Closing down the short corner
Due to the present of one of my (usually smaller) players I’ve taken away the option to use a short corner. The opponent will be immediately pressurized if they try to do so anyway and this will mainly end up for my team having ball possession very quickly.
Option 2: Taking away scoring from the six yard box
I have placed one of my backs at the near post. I have left the far post undefended as most opponents don’t attack that area. The six yard box is defended by the three players that have the best attributes for heading as well as jumping reach. This way the opponent shouldn’t be able to score from close range. In the middle i have placed my tallest player so he can take out any ball that comes in that area.
Option 3: Marking tall players
Three of my own defenders have been assigned to guard/annoy the opponents three tallest players. This way scoring from the penalty spot area should be very had or even impossible.
Option 4: scoring from the edge of the area
By placing a technical and quick player, who can jump and head very well, at the edge of the box i give myself options to start a counter attack. Look at the picture below.
We managed to get the ball away from our box and have quickly began our counter attack. Four or five man are rushing towards the enemy box in an attempt to score a goal.
Option 5: keeping defenders occupied
One of my players (quick one) is staying near the halfway line. This means your opponent has to keep two or three defenders at the back. This way they have less players in your box which decreases the chances of getting a goal against.
I hope you get the general idea of what i am talking about. Using this defensive corner routine has gave me quite a few goals already. It also made sure my opponent hardly ever scores against me and that is just what this is all about.
Left Corner Routine
Download the routine for defending corners from the left.
Right Corner Routine
Download the routine for defending corners from the right.