When we think of an advanced midfielder, often we visualize a player who is good at playing in tight spaces and can assist their teammates through passing. But is this all that we should demand from our advanced midfielder in attack? The answer is clearly ‘no’. They should also act as a second forward, in many occasions. This means, that as coaches, we should demand that at least one of our advanced midfielder has the ability to attack the space behind the defensive line in order to generate spaces and advantage on the final third of the field. In this article, we will explain the 3 main concepts advanced midfielders must apply to attack the back of the defensive line.