Issue 124 – Javi Gracia

Welcome to the November 2020 issue of Elite Soccer. Despite all the hardships of daily life at the moment, I hope the season is progressing well for you. I also hope that you’ve kept yourself busy on the training ground and have had the opportunity to implement a number of the coaching ideas we have suggested.

We’re delighted to open up this issue with a post-match training session used by Javi Gracia with his Valencia team this season – it’s a really good high-intensity work out with the ball for the players that didn’t participate in the latest match, or for those that participated less than 60 minutes on the pitch.

Next up we have Motherwell manager, Stephen Robinson, who has contributed a penetration session that he uses in the Scottish Premiership. It’s one that focuses on getting wide players, midfielders and strikers running beyond the opposition defenders in the final third.

Formerly the manager of Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton, Stuart Gray is currently the assistant manager of Premier League Fulham and this month he has written a training session for Elite Soccer aimed at improving passing in tight areas and encouraging players to keep possession in order to dominate the game.

In contrast, we have great defending session from Halifax Town manager, Pete Wild. It’s focused on pressing and he insists it will get players to adopt a ‘don’t get beat’ attitude.

To close this month’s issue we have a series of activities that work on transition principles, contributed by Kevin O’Grady, manager of the University of Liverpool men’s football team.

I hope you find that this month’s sessions will develop and improve your coaching. We will return next month with five brand new training ground blueprints.