Issue 120 – Julen Lopetegui

Welcome to the July 2020 issue of Elite Soccer, our tenth anniversary issue. It’s been a hugely successful ten years, with Elite Soccer becoming one of the LMA’s longest running partnerships. In that time we have brought you training sessions from an incredible 342 coaching contributors drawn from the ranks of the LMA and PFCA. We want to thank all of the remarkable managers and coaches who have taken the time to share their training ground wisdom with the magazine. It has been an invaluable learning tool for coaches all over the world.

It’s an exciting time for the magazine. To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we’ve redesigned and rebranded Elite Soccer and we have introduced a new-look website. We also have a tremendous selection of coaches for you this month.

We kick off the issue with a session from Spain. Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui has shared an ingenious training plan to help prepare a team set up in a 4-4-3 formation to beat an opponent playing in a 4-4-2 diamond system. It’s a tried and tested session that is based on previous game analysis.

We also have a session from Portugal that Rio Ave manager Carlos Carvalhal and his assistant Luis Nascimento used to prepare the team to face Sporting Lisbon earlier this year. The idea is to get players to use effective possession play as a tool to disorganise the opposition’s defence.

We are delighted to have Paul Simpson in this issue. Currently coach of England’s U19s, he led the U20s to World Cup glory in 2017 and here he has shared with us a genuine position-specific training plan that he has previously used to prepare the England U20s for a match.

Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst has written a session for us that involves two teams playing against each with very different objectives. One team attempts to keep possession, while the other has to win the ball back and score.

The final session of the issue comes from Riteesh Mishra, the manager of Charlton Athletic Women, and it focuses on forward play and fast support.

I hope you find that this month’s session will help your future coaching. It’s certainly an exciting time for Elite Soccer and looking forward we have lots more inspirational training sessions coming your way.