Diagrams 1 and 2 are based on: A Tactical Analysis of Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid
This game situation is:
"Quick Decisions while attacking through the centre".
Diag. A: Simple forward pass to the striker who passes back to the supporting midfielder.
Diag. B: The 3 forwards make runs into the box. The midfielder has to make a quick decision who to pass to or take it on and shoot on goal.
STEP 2 of 3
How I breakdown the Game Situation
To make it easier for myself, the first thing I do is take out the players that are not involved.
I then look for the shapes, passing combinations, types of runs, and passing options etc.
Diag. A: As you can see, I have highlighted a triangle shape. Each point represents the starting positions of the 3 players involved.
Diag. B: In the second phase, we have a diamond shape which represents the players runs (diagonal and curve) and the passing angles.
STEP 3 of 3
Creating the practices with progressions
After step 1 and 2, I create practices to practice this game situation.
I first like to start off by practicing the game situation unopposed, then I gradually introduce additional players i.e. defenders.
Diag. A: I created this practice unopposed but added 4 mannequins to represent the 4 back-line defenders. A very similar pattern to the analysis is practiced from both the right and left side.
Diag. B: Only after practice A is executed well from both sides would I progress the drill by introducing 2 central defenders and a 2v1 situation in the centre.
That's it, quite simple and very quick to do, this particular one took me just 10 minutes total to see the shapes, break it down, and think/create the practices.
As well as practicing game situations by top level teams, this same 3 step procedure should be applied to your own teams performances. This will enable you to analyse what your team needs to work on and practice it.
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