Cut passing lanes to win the ball back

You shouldn't always defend with the player who is the closest to the ball. It's much more important to keep passing lanes blocked.

In this clip, I'm pressuring with the second player, controlled by the AI (by holding "Square" on PS4), but I'm controlling another midfielder to manually cover a passing option.

Train yourself to predict passes and position your player in front of the opponent to intercept them. This does not mean you should run up and down the pitch with a guy with high stamina - always use your defenders to mark forwards, midfielders to mark midfielders, and forwards to mark the opposition's defensive line.

Manually selecting your players with the Right Switch is essential to quickly adjust your players and keep every option covered.

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