In order to achieve the objective of progressing the ball into the spaces close to the opponent’s goal, a central element of any game model must involve the consistent creation of forward passing lanes. As we will see, an attacking team’s basic build-up structure can help to maximise the number of quality options ahead of
With 27 trophies to his name so far, Pep Guardiola will no doubt be remembered as one of the greatest football managers of all time. A disciple of Johan Cruyff, Pep is a major reference point for most aspirational coaches around the world, with many inspired by his 'Juego de Posicion' philosophy.
With the volume of documentaries, interviews and training videos that get released nowadays, insights into the daily workings of top football clubs are becoming more accessible. However, the sheer number of options can make it difficult to find genuinely worthwhile content. This article will recommend ten quality documentaries for football coaches, analysts and fans.
Organisation: 5 attacking players and 2 defending players in a single grid. Attacking players start with possession of the ball. Objectives: Attacking players look to retain possession for as many passes as possible. Defending players try to intercept passes and recover possession. If the defending players can complete an interception within the first
During their return to the Premier League last season, Wolves made a habit of preying on clubs much bigger than themselves. Portuguese coach Nuno Espírito Santo guided them to 16 points against the top six, a record bettered only by title winners Manchester City and runners up Liverpool. While Nuno’s team excelled in the championship
Basic Organisation: area split in two, with one attacker vs one defender on each side. additional attacker placed on the centre line. main goal with keeper for attackers to score in. one small goal on each side of opposite end for defenders to counter into. coach starts with ball. Objectives: Coach feeds the
Basic Organisation: 6 attacking players just inside grid providing width and depth. 6 defending players in the middle. 3 additional attackers between defensive lines. Objectives: 6 attacking players aim to retain possession and penetrate defensive lines to feed 3 attackers between lines. 6 defenders aim to prevent passes through to central attackers and
Given the money at stake and the size of the audience, footballers at the elite level can be forgiven for making the odd mistake. Further down the leagues, players know that failing to perform might spell the end of their professional careers. Youngsters in academies are also at risk of buckling under the weight of
Arsene Wenger’s 22-year spell in charge of Arsenal saw him lift 10 major trophies, as well as overseeing the club’s move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium. During his time in North London, he guided countless talents on their way to becoming established, world-class stars. Furthermore, the Gunners played some of the most elegant football
Before last season’s Champions League triumph with Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp hadn’t experienced a major trophy win since 2012. Despite his relative lack of silverware, the 52-year-old is widely considered to be one of the world’s best coaches. Klopp’s impact on the game stretches beyond his list of honours. His ability to improve individuals and teams