Play out from the back - with a quick tempo to unsettle opponents (requires good ball-playing defenders and good ball-playing holding midfielder).
Stretch the pitch when building out - cover all channels (requires good off-the-ball movement and anticipation).
Create a 2-4-4/2-1-4-3 shape when building.
Always have numerical superiority over the opposition first line of press.
Always have at least 3 players as the rest defence (stopping the oppositions counter-attacks).
Cover all 5 vertical channels (Left flank, left-half space, central, right half-space, right flank) when in the creation phase.
Centre forward to operate as a False 9. The teams creator - to occupy Zone 14 and to be a vertical passing option.
Have runners in behind - create counter-movements to create confusion.
Look to create overloads against the opponent's full-backs.
Always have a wide option through wing-backs - stretch the pitch in possession.
Apply constant pressure off the ball - squeeze the pitch out of possession.
Use the GK as an extra outfield player.
Strengths and Spotting Weakness in 4-3-3 (3ST)
An anchorman screening the backline.
The anchorman allows for wing-backs to advance.
Being able to have a CM advance due to having enough bodies back for rest defence.
Having 3 strikers allows us to penetrate the central areas, supported by two central midfielders.
If strikers move out wide, formation allows for passing triangles in possession.
Lack of natural defensive support on the width - full-backs can become isolated.
Relies on good defensive discipline to not allow the team/shape to get exposed.
Vulnerable to counter-attacks - Squeeze and minimize the pitch. Use offside traps, holding midfielder, use tactical fouls and defenders with good recovery pace.