This session is about the defensive transition. It helps to get players into the habit of reacting immediately after losing possession and works on encouraging the group of players closest to the ball to prevent the opposition from developing an attacking action.
At all times this session is focused on short sprint reactions in tight areas, which always gives the players a realistic chance of winning back possession or stopping the opposition from scoring, and it requires additional running from the players if this aim is not achieved.
Attacking the 4-4-2 diamond
The main goal of this session is to prepare a team set up in a 4-4-3 system to beat an opponent playing in a 4-4-2 diamond system, through a specific building up game plan.
After a deep analysis about how teams use a diamond formation to defend in a medium block, the drills have been designed to counteract the strengths and to better attack the weaknesses that this formation has.
Score more goals
There is no better way to enhance the finishing technique of a player than to get him to repeat the gesture over and over, and moreover, finishing is the gesture that gives the most joy to the players.
They enjoy this session because even the warm-up is focused on finishing and it progresses into a realistic shooting drill without changing the size of the playing area too much…
To put it simply, this is a finishing session, but as it unfolds and progresses it becomes so much more than that. It allows us to devote time to all of the players – practising and repeating specific actions that will be asked of them in a match situation.
We can adjust how we use this session, as not only can it be used to work on specific movements, combinations and relationships within the team, but it can also be used on a more relaxed training day in order to give some more simple training time…
Passing through the lines
This is a training session that incorporates quick combination passing, positional awareness and intelligent decision-making.
It’s important to practise this because receiving and passing are core skills, and they are fundamental to the success of every football team.
Preparation is essential, as is practising what we play and how we play. Players must have seen the situation before it occurs – in this instance, that means always looking up before passing and receiving.
Counter-pressing as an offensive weapon
This session is about the creation and application of the counter-pressing moment as an offensive weapon. It looks at recovering possession in the shortest way and time, by creating ‘hectic situations’ in the opposition formation.
We want to attack the opponent non-stop when we have the ball, when we lose it and when the opposition have it…