Issue 130 – Mikel Arteta

Welcome to the May 2021 issue of Elite Soccer, the magazine that likes to share training tips and sessions from the best coaches in the professional game.

We’re delighted to welcome Mikel Arteta to the magazine for the first time. A widely admired manager and coach, he has shared a session with Elite Soccer that he ran with the Arsenal squad during the international break in order to refresh their understanding of some key attacking and defending concepts. It’s a session that got his players focused on defending deep and working on a high press in the final third.

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon has written a session for us that is all about using an overload to create opportunities to play into the feet of the strikers. It’s a training ground workout that also encourages mobility from midfielders to support the forward pass and creates numerous situations for combination play.

We have two sessions this month focused on different aspects of transitions. From Hull City manager Grant McCann, we have a series of activities that will sharpen the players and their reactions to transitions, both in an attacking and a defensive sense. We also have a session from QPR assistant manager, John Eustace, that is designed to encourage the defending team to win the ball back and quickly play it forward to their attackers.

Also in this issue, Celtic Women manager, Fran Alonso, has penned a session designed to help players understand the movements, positioning and timings needed to break a medium-low block when the opponents play with a back four.

I hope you find that this month’s sessions will assist your coaching and please let us know how you get on. We will return next month with five more engaging training session to help develop your team.