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Steve Bruce was always an advocate of playing two up front away from home against bigger teams when he managed in the Premier League
Why is that when managers come to set up their teams to play away from home against a supposedly technically-superior opponent, they will almost always opt for a 4-5-1 formation with one lone striker and five players strung out across the middle of the park so as to flood the midfield?
Invariably, all this achieves is the handing of the immediate momentum and initiative to an already attack-minded home team, while at the same making it even harder for the visitors to sustain any pressure whatsoever on their opponents on the rare occasions that they do finally win back possession due to lack of numbers supporting the isolated front man in attack.
It happens so often in football, whether it be a “small” club visiting a “big” club, or an away fixture in Europe against a so-called continental heavyweight, and with predictable consequences to boot.
However, on the rare occasions that a coach is brave in such situations and decides to go with more than one attacker up top, whether that be in a 4-3-3, a 4-4-2 or whatever formation, then it is remarkable how much harder life suddenly becomes for the supposedly superior outfit.