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Pep - I'm asking my defenders to go against their nature

Pep Clotet.
Pep Clotet.

What we are asking of them is to defend as high as possible and to fight against their nature of dropping closer to Campy.

Pep Clotet.

Pep Clotet says he asked his defensive players to go against their natural instincts to defend their own goal. 

As part of their evolution into a more attacking side, Clotet has required his back four to play with a much higher defensive line in order to help the team become more of an attacking threat

Whilst it helps Blues' pressing game, at the same time it does leave them more open at their own end, so it is very much about getting the balance right

"What we are asking of them is to defend as high a.s possible and to fight against their nature of dropping closer to Campy (Lee Camp) and feeling more protective," said Clotet.

"For the players that we have in front of them (the midfielders) it makes a massive difference to win the ball back in the middle of the park rather than deep.

"They've adapted very well into that. Even the ones that haven't played that much like Jake (Clarke-Salter), Steve (Seddon) and Wes (Harding) despite not playing that much, they all understand the concepts.

"Birmingham is a club that has been built on being solid over the past few years.

"But we were very clear that we wanted to add to that, so that fact that our defence keeps that level of performances is a massive improvement for us."

"We've worked a lot to get that balance right, continued" Clotet.

"It was too much on the safe side at the beginning of the season and then in certain spells it was too much the other way.

"Now the balance is right, and I think we have a platform to keep going. We have a mentality of going game by game and try to take every game and improve on it.

"We want to be solid, but we want to play football.

"We want to play quick; we want to win the ball as high as possible and we want to attack. and if we lose the ball win it back as soon as possible and keep attacking."

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