Thursday, 20 July 2017

Marcelo Bielsa Build Up Play Tactics - Options to Create and Exploit 3 v 2

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Marcelo Bielsa Tactical Analysis Sample:

Bielsa Build Up Play Tactics
4 Options to Create and Exploit 3 v 2 Situations Near the Sideline

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A key element of Marcelo Bielsa's tactics when building up play against high pressing teams is to create a 3 v 2 situation near the sideline. The numerical advantage creates the option to move the ball to the free player.

This can be done through intelligent positioning, good decision making and accurate passing.

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To successfully build up from the back, the team in possession has to follow four steps:

  • Step 1: Provide a free passing option for the goalkeeper
  • Step 2: Move the ball to the target or free player
  • Step 3: Create a numerical advantage in specific areas of the pitch
  • Step 4: Take advantage (exploit) the numerical advantage

Each chapter has extensive analysis for a tactical situation based on Marcelo Bielsa's tactics and is then followed by a full session to help all coaches adapt the tactics into training sessions for their team.

  • Chapter 1: Building Up Play from the Back Against 2 Forwards
  • Chapter 2: Moving the Ball to the Target Player on the Weak Side
  • Chapter 3: Building Up Play from the Back Against 1 Forward
  • Chapter 4: Creating and Exploiting 3 v 2 Situations Near the Sideline
  • Chapter 5: Attacking Solutions with a 3 v 3 Situation Near the Sideline
  • Chapter 6: Creating and Exploiting Space in a 4 v 3 (or 4 v 4) Situation Around the Ball Area
  • Chapter 7: Building Up Play Against Ultra-Offensive Pressing

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Marcelo Bielsa's Influence on Top Coaches and what they Say...
Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

"My admiration for Marcelo Bielsa is huge because he makes the players much, much better.

"Still, I didn't meet one guy, a former player from Marcelo Bielsa who speaks badly about him. They are grateful for his influence on their careers in football.

"He helped me a lot with his advice. Whenever I speak with him, I always feel like he wants to help me.

"It is important for me to say this about Marcelo because it doesn't matter how many titles he had in his career. We are judged by that – how much success we have, how many titles we have won. But that is much less influential than how he has influenced football and his football players.

"That is why, for me, he is the best coach in the world. I am looking forward to seeing him in Lille next season. I am pretty sure his influence on their team, their club and their players will be huge – amazing.

Mauricio Pochettino

"He is one of the best managers in the world.

"There is no doubt that he had an effect on me. He helped me to mature when I was starting my career at Newell's, he helped me in the national team, and he's continued to help me in my coaching career.

Jorge Sampaoli

"We’re followers of Bielsa and of the way he plays the game, but comparisons are unfair, because we’re talking about one of the best.

"People always think that by hiring one of us, they’re getting a Bielsa clone, but Marcelo is one of a kind.

Gerardo Martino

"I’ve always been a fan of Bielsa, who was just starting out as a coach as my playing career was drawing to a close.

"Straight away I warmed to his personality and I take great pride in being compared to him.

Meet the Author and UEFA 'A' Licence Coach:
Athanasios Terzis

Athanasios Terzis

I played for several teams in the Greek professional leagues. At the age of 29 I stopped playing and focused on studying football coaching. I have been head coach of several semi-pro football teams in Greece and worked as a technical director in the Academies of DOXA Dramas (Greek football league, 2nd division).

I have written many other books including: FC Barcelona: A Tactical Analysis - Attacking and Defending. (English, Spanish, Japanese & Korean), Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid: A Tactical Analysis - Attacking and Defending (English & Japanese), FC Barcelona Training Sessions - 160 Practices from 34 Tactical Situations (English, Italian, & German), Jürgen Klopp's Attacking and Defending Tactics and Coaching the Juventus 3-5-2 - Tactical Analysis and Sessions

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  • Best Coaching book for 2014 voted by The Italian FA
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    Wednesday, 5 July 2017

    Exclusive Coach Interview Adam Owen Pre-Season Training, Periodization

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    Exclusive Coach Interview...

    with Dr Adam Owen, we ask him about:

    Pre-Season Training, Periodization, Should Conditioning be All Football Specific? + more...

    Hi Coach,

    As many of your already know, Dr Adam Owen is a World Leading UEFA Pro Licence, Sport Science and Fitness Coach for Wales National Team & newly appointed as Assistant 1st team Coach at Lechia Gdansk.

    He is also the Author of bestselling books:

    Football Conditioning: A Modern Scientific Approach - Speed & Agility | Injury Prevention | Periodization Training | Small Sided Games

    I hope you find the Interview Interesting and beneficial!

    Dr. Adam Owen
    Dr Adam Owen
    Sport Science / Fitness Coach - Wales National Team

    1. For what age group should coaches start to implement conditioning training into their sessions?

    Having held many positions over the years from academy level through to 1st team senior levels, there was a large emphasis placed on developing speed, agility and strength at youth level of children around the Under 9-10 age groups.

    Obviously, children are not mini-adults and should not be placed under the same demands as senior players, however, there are key things that can and should be done alongside the maturation stages in order to maximise physical development.

    2. Should conditioning be all football specific?

    This is a question that always comes up and I suppose it depends on the coaching philosophy you have as a coach. I prefer to perform conditioning aspects with the ball as much as possible, within a tactical strategy based on how we will look to play in the next match. However, that’s not to say I don’t include specific exercises to stress certain energy systems without the ball!

    3. How does a knowledge and understanding of science affect the performance aspect?

    From my perspective, it’s vital to have a generic knowledge and understanding of performance aspects. The game has become and continues to be more professional, with the finances available for success becoming greater each year.

    I firmly believe the days when the manager had no involvement or understanding of the physical development aspects of the players has gone - they no longer leave it all to the fitness staff. Managers and coaches must have an understanding of training load management, injury prevention and how various sessions impact the readiness and preparation of the players, due to the fact they are responsible for the match day performance.

    4. How important is Periodization for performing at an optimum level consistently?

    Periodization is a term that is often used and in a lot of cases misunderstood from my perspective. It is basically a term that was developed many, many years ago in the old Soviet Union with the aim of balancing a tapering or decreased training load strategy with a progressive overload (increased training load) on athletes to ensure they peaked at a given time in the future. The Football Conditioning books outline how to implement Periodization into your training to achieve optimum results for your team.

    Within football, players need to peak once or twice per week as all games are important and they are all worth 3 points! From my perspective, the key is to ensure performance dips are kept to a minimum and fitness elements are developed over time, with the long-term vision of the players upheld - especially in the earlier ages groups.

    5. You put a lot of emphasis on small sided games - can you explain why implementing small sided games is so pivotal for fitness training?

    I have spent a lot of time researching the impact of various sided games on amateur, youth and professional players to see how they adapt, recover and potentially improve performance through the use of them in training.

    The exposure of players to various sided games throughout the course of the training week can have an extremely positive response on the players from both a physical and technical point of view. Different player numbers, area sizes and possession rules significantly affect the demand placed on the players in these sessions and as a result, influence the training response of the players in various ways. All this is highlighted in the book.

    6. What are the main aspects of injury prevention?

    You cannot prevent all injuries, but you can reduce the risk of soft tissue or non-contact injuries. As a coach, understanding the recent science behind this topic is key, as you will start to see how training load management and the total output on the pitch are directly linked to certain types of injuries. Coaches have to take responsibility for these types of injuries as 90% of the time it's the coach who manages the on-pitch training content.

    Performing strength and conditioning, core development and functional strength exercises (all included in the book) will assist in maintaining a healthy conditioning state - however, if the pitch training content is wrong or too much/not enough then generally we are adding more load to the body at the wrong stage.

    7. How important is it as a coach, to adapt practices and create your own ideas?

    I think it’s very important to establish your strength and weaknesses as a coach and develop your own ideas, changing exercises to suit your needs and coaching style. However, as I said before there are not many sessions being performed that other coaches have not done and as a result, it’s about how you as a coach deliver the session, engage and create that buy-in from the players. They need to understand the key principles of the session and how that fits with the strategy of the upcoming match.

    8. Do any of your football conditioning principles change when training players at a lower level? If so, what are the main differences?

    Each level of players you work with have what we call a specific ‘training age’ and this is different based on athletic competency or their previous exposure to exercise or sport. The principles within this book can be developed across various stages of play from youth, semi-professional, professional and elite.

    I wouldn’t necessarily say that principles needed to be changed, however the expectation of technical and physical performance across levels would obviously differ.

    9. Do you have to have a scientific understanding to benefit from reading your work?

    The key to the development of my work is to ensure that we appeal to managers, coaches, players, physiotherapists, sport scientists and fitness staff across all levels and abilities.

    The scientific language in the Football Conditioning books is certainly toned down to ensure a smoother read and the key integration of infographics to summarise the text lends itself well to the simplicity.

    10. With pre-season training approaching, how will these books help coaches and players prepare for the new season?

    These books will allow coaches and players to understand the key physical elements needed to be stimulated, in order to improve different fitness aspects. We provide examples of practical drills and sessions that can be used, but also underpin everything with scientific evidence and a history of success.

    11. Can this be applied to coaches/players at different ages and levels?

    Yes, the fact that the human body responds to training in a similar way ensures that the content of the books is applicable across various levels, ages and abilities of play.

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    Book 1: Fitness Training | Speed & Agility | Injury Prevention:
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    • 196 Pages
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    Topic Examples:

    • Total Distance Covered in High-Intensity Running
    • The Different Physical Demands for Different Playing Positions
    • Strategies to Improve Running Economy
    • Repeated Sprint Ability (RSA)
    • High Intensity Interval Training
    • Injury Prevention Techniques Used in Football
    • Training Load Management: Reducing the Risk of Injury

    Practices including:

    • Coordination and Agility with One-Two Combination Warm Up
    • Quick Reactions and Changes of Direction in a Speed Exercise
    • Speed Endurance and Explosive Power in an Attacking Combination with Finishing
    • Speed Endurance in a Quick Break Away Functional Practice With Finishing
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    Topic Examples:

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    • Repeated Sprint Ability: Recommendations for Training
    • Physiology of Small Sided Games Training in Football
    • Periodization of Small Sided Games

    Practices including:

    • Continuous High Intensity 3 v 3 Duels
    • High Intensity Pressing and Quick Shooting in a 4 v 4 Attack vs Defence Practice
    • End to End Possession and Intense Pressing (3 v 7) in a Transition Game
    • Pressing to Win the Ball Back Quickly in an 8 v 4 Transition Game
    • Quick Break Attacks in a 3 Team Small Sided Game
    What People say about Adam Owen Ph.D:
    Walter Smith

    Walter Smith OBE (Former Rangers FC Manager):

    ‘’Coaches, at a range of levels, will enjoy the content of this book and be able to integrate the key findings into their training. Maximising the link between the technical, tactical and physical aspect of the game has seen an increased use of technology, analysis and specific personnel to ensure performance levels are maximised, and player injury is minimised. As a result, this book encapsulates these topics and highlights the fact that Adam is one of the most innovative performance coaches, underpinning sound football specific practice with scientific knowledge.’’

    Adam Ramsey

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal FC and Wales):

    ‘‘Having known and worked with Adam for many years at International level, he is someone I enjoy working with and I have benefited in many areas of my game due to his methods and knowledge. I look forward to working with him for many years to come.’’

    Steven Davis

    Steven Davis (Southampton FC and Northern Ireland Captain):

    ‘‘Adam and I worked together for many years during a significant and successful part of my career. His knowledge in his specialised area, and the philosophy he implemented from a science and performance aspect within the club (Rangers FC) was excellent. As a result, it led to an improvement in me as a professional.’’

    Prof. Del P. Wong

    Prof. Del P. Wong (Football Science Researcher):

    ‘‘Adam’s main strength is the ability to link cutting edge science to the on-field performance to stimulate a different thought process as highlighted throughout this book. Attaining the UEFA Pro Coaching Licence and a Ph.D degree, is a rare but very impressive combination which make him very unique in our field. The information provided within this book highlights the link between the science and on-pitch coaching.’’

    Meet the Coach & Author
    Dr. Adam Owen

    Dr. Adam Owen

    Currently the Wales National Team Sport Science and Fitness Coach, Football Research Scientist Consultant at SL Benfica (Portugal), Assistant Coach and Head of Performance at Servette FC (Switzerland) and Associate Research Scientist at Claude Bernard Lyon.1 University (France). Assistant 1st team Coach at Lechia Gdansk.

    Previous positions have included the Head of Fitness and Performance at Sheffield United FC (England), Head of Sport Science and Performance at Rangers FC (Scotland), Head of Fitness and Science at Sheffield Wednesday FC (England), Head of Sport Science at Celtic FC Academy (Scotland) and Technical and Fitness Coach at Wrexham FC Academy (Wales).

    • UEFA Professional Coaching Licence
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Sport and Exercise Science
    Meet the Assistant Author
    Alexandre Dellal

    Dr. Alexandre Dellal

    Dr. Alexandre Dellal is one of the most highly regarded football research scientists within the game. He is currently Head of Physical Preparation at French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice, whilst also holding a research position at FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, Centre Orthopédique Santy in Lyon, France

    He was previously at Olympique Lyonnais as Head of Physical Preparation and has also worked at International level with the Ivory Coast National team throughout their successful African Cup of Nations period. A very active researcher in the field of sport and football science, he has numerous scientific journal publications, books and on-going research projects.

    • UEFA A Coaching Licence (French Football Federation [F.F.F], Clairefontaine)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Sport Science
    Football Conditioning: A Modern Scientific Approach 2 Book Set - Speed & Agility | Injury Prevention | Periodization Training | Small Sided Games
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    Apply Modern Coaching Methods and Football Science Principles to Develop your Players All Season Round.

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    Best Wishes,

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    Director of Coaching
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