Intense in transition

Moments of transition and how players react to them are vital to having a successful team. Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho thinks reactions to transitions are the most important part of the game. He coached his teams to react quickly to winning and losing the ball which led to them dominating games.

In attack when players win the ball they must be taught to play a safe pass to make the most of possession and allow the team to build fast attacks. A security pass ensures the team can attack with confidence.

Here are my three favourite ways to train for transitions in a match:

3v2 transitions gives your players a good test of their attacking and defending skills. The attackers have the edge and must make the most of winning the ball, but the defenders must make sure they block shots in the game where the idea is to knock the ball off the cone.

There are lots of changes of overload situations in Transitions your number’s up so reaction is key to success. This is a great game with two different ways to score and players moving to another game leaving spaces for teams to attack.

My final session is called Success in transitions because that is what we are aiming for. It is a brilliant overload game that never allows players to relax. Because it is performed in a playing area that most aren’t accustomed to, they should be constantly aware of transition situations developing around them.

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