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Nice II create brilliant defensive free-kick routine in French CFA

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French CFA side Nice II showcased a brilliant defensive free-kick routine that came straight from the training ground during their recent 2-0 defeat against Group A leaders Grenoble.

The Championnat de France amateur outfit have given managers right around the world plenty of food for thought when it comes to their team's set-up when trying to prevent opponents converting goals from dangerous set-piece scenarios in the future.

This latest example of inventive genius successfully allays the threat posed by Grenoble by positioning the Nice II goalkeeper near his penalty spot, with a wall of defenders behind him protecting his net as they stood right across the goal-line.

It's a tactic that's never before been seen in any high-profile Premier League game or notable European competition, but we could start seeing this strategy being implemented by other clubs looking for the next innovative way to improve.

The two attacking players stood over the ball certainly looked confused by the freaky formation, and tried to bypass the goalkeeper and crowd of players in the six yard box by curling a pinpoint effort into the top corner.

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However, with little room for error the clever composition of the Nice II team meant Grenoble were unsuccessful, although they still went on to secure all three points thanks to two other goals scored before the final whistle.

You can watch footage of the training ground routine taken from the fourth tier of French football in the video above - and feel free to have your say in the comment box provided why you think the strategy would - or wouldn't - work for higher-profile clubs in the future.

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