3 Centre backs: pros and cons
Three defenders at the back: Pros and cons
This is a traditional Italian tactic with three defenders at the back, five or four midfielders and three or two attackers, making the team very hard to defend against in cases of counter attack.
With three central defenders and one or more defensive midfielder this formation is labeled the defensive formation giving you the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the opponent play while you lurk around for mistakes and then counter attack, it’s basically used for teams with physical abilities with less technicality and skillful plays.
With three defenders it makes it hard for the team playing against them to attack in factions so the only way is to attack in bulk which in turn leaves the opponents back open for counter attack.
But like they say nothing is perfect, as it’s very hard to defend against same way it’s easy to defeat. With 3 CBs and 1 or 2 DMs it leaves the midfield porous and open as up 7 or 8 players are defensive Minded which makes it easy for a team with possession keeping formation, great technicality and skillful prowess defeat them easily.
Defenders are naturally prone to mark out players and sometimes get frustrated and commit fouls, a team with 4-5 dribblers can wreck havoc to this defensive formation for in a 3CB formation they’re charged to mark by marking each opponent’s player with two players, and for a team with great skill, it’s a minus for the 3CB formation as it gives the opponent more space in the third half of the field, matters can get worse if their wing backs get booked as it’ll for force them to start overlooking tackles and interceptions.
A 3CB formation is good,very good in fact but it’s not advisable against a team with great technical skills and possession keeping abilities as it leaves the midfield porous for the opponent which is a plus for the opponent