Saturday, 14 April 2012

Passing the Mourinho or Real Madrid Way?

In December 2010 I put together a practice plan Passing the Barcelona Way? My guess at how a youth coaching session at Barca may look. In the last couple of days I have watched a video of Jose Mourinho coaching and compared that to the copy of the supposed "39 Drills" bible that I have (download them here), from which I have put together a training experience that I think he might run with a young grassroots youth team. 

You can view the video of his session, which I first saw on Ricky Clarkes blog here.

The Set Up: Magic Rectangle - The overall pitch size is 50x30 with the central third being 20 yards long.

Warm Up: Ball Work - One of the things Jose talks about in the video is for young players to be warming up with a ball and he says practising passing routines is one way that we can achieve this. Using the outer rectangles here are two ideas for you:

In the exercise above three players stand between two cones on the edge of the rectangle, a player passes the ball to a team mate and moves the to the gap between two cones that no one is standing between, thus recreating movement into space.and passing triangles.

Above is a simple pass and move exercise for four players. Each player stands on the outer edge of the rectangle, when passing the ball they follow their pass to their team mates line.

Work in small groups: Passing Under Pressure - The session would then be progressed by running the same exercises as the warm up but adding a player to the centre of each rectangle who applies either limited pressure or full pressure - dependant upon the ability of each group. Don't forget to rotate the player in the middle!

Before moving onto the next part of the session move the four central cones out 5 yards to make a 20x20 playing area.

Work in small areas: Drill 21 - Players play 3v3 or 4v4 in the 20x20 playing area with 2 unopposed neutral full backs in outside channels. Teams can only score by playing the ball into someone who gets the ball under control in the end zone. Players can not dribble in themselves, or arrive before the ball.

Group Work: If you have watched the video then this small sided game should be self explanatory. Each team has different objectives, the White team are looking to get the ball forward to the Striker for a shot at goal. The centre back, right back, left back and striker for the White team play unopposed outside the central area. The Blue team play 4v2 or 5v2 (depending on the number of players you have) their objective is the same as the previous game, to get the ball into the zone the White teams Centre back occupies, by playing the ball into someone who gets the ball under control

One of the things that Mourinho talks about in the video is the need for youth players to learn to play different positions, so take the opportunity to switch the objectives around so each team gets to play both roles and switch player roles around too,

Follow this with a normal game. Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking to appropriate passing opportunities.


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