Originally Posted by thoughtsoc
It's very different when your team has possession rather than the other team. No need for the two defenders in the back to be flat at that point, and it violates the principle of effective positioning to provide support (impressive knowledge from my D course).
Why have two defenders level with each other in the back? Why create a two-player offside line? If one hangs back significantly behind the other, open space becomes available behind the other. And it's more difficult for the two of them to pull forward in unison in order to place an opponent in an offside position. Your point would perhaps be that if one hangs back behind the other, only he has to pull forward to create an offsides trap. If that's what you're saying, I'm cool with that idea also. Just not my way of doing things.