Play fast combinations like Manchester City

In the Champions League Manchester City are explosive. When they play well it is as if they up their passing game so it is played quickly and the skill and technique are heightened.

Jolted into life when Atalanta took a surprise lead City, fired up by Raheem Sterling, changed the game moving the ball quickly and with purpose to score five goals and another Champions League victory.

Fast passing is an art that takes skill and a lot of practice – but don’t let that put you off. Once the players get the idea they will quickly take it onto the pitch with them and you will see a difference in the way they keep possession and attack the goal.

My girls and boys teams are both learning how to pass and move at speed and it is paying off in matches. A number of opposition coaches have asked me how I have managed to get my teams to play this way.

With this in mind I have created training drills so you can train the way you play with speed and precision.

First of all you need a good training session that will work as a warm up for the passing activities ahead. As its name suggests Fast passing moves is a great way to kick off any training session working on passing in tights spaces on the pitch.

Then you can break into my Five minute basics: pressure passing game to get players putting pressure on the ball and making it harder to be in control of the ball and pass with accuracy.

I always like to move into a small-sided game once I have got my players warmed up on the theme of the training session. Fast central attacks encourages understanding between players through timing of runs, weight of pass, and expectation of a team mate’s movement.

Finally to round the training session off play Fast feet to help your players to develop fast feet capable of accurate and effective one-touch passing. Using these games and activities will give your players a great workout in fast combination play.

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