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Lucien Favre:
'I prefer a 4-3-3 system'

By Laura Brandt

Despite doing well in a 3-4-3 system towards the end of 2019, Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre says he could go back to playing with four at the back.

Lucien Favre.
Lucien Favre.Photo: Антон Зайцев/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre won't rule out that he could revert to a four-man defence in the second half of the season.

Favre switched to three at the back for Dortmund's game against Hertha BSC on November 30 and played with a 3-4-3 system in the remaining games before the winter break.


However, speaking to Kicker, the Dortmund coach says that he actually prefers lining up in a 4-3-3 formation.

"We needed to change something before the game against Hertha BSC. The 3-4-1-2 system is good, I like it, but I personally prefer the 4-3-3. Every system has its flaws and its advantages. In my opinion, two systems work best in the long run: 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3. All the big clubs play with four at the back," he said and added:

"We have done well with three centre-backs. That surprised the other clubs, but it maybe won't surprise them so much now.

"My favorite system is and remains a 4-3-3. Either that or a 4-1-4-1, but the difference is not that big," Favre said.

In their first Bundesliga game of 2020, Dortmund take on Augsburg on Friday.

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