INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Strikers need friends

Ajax play irresistible football. By beating Tottenham 1-0 they produced a first half of brilliance with midfield and attack functioning like limbs joined to the same shared brain.

Hakim Ziyech provided the assist for the goal with a lovely flighted pass out to David Neres on the left and a slick cross-field pass from Lasse Schöne took it back to Ziyech.

From there the ball was laid into the feet of Donny van de Beek, who was running crazy patterns difficult to follow, supporting the play in tactically brilliant ways.

Van de Beek let the ball run across his body, leaving himself in front of goal 1v1 with Hugo Lloris.

Then he shimmied, looked up at the corner of the net and placed the ball exactly where he wanted it. Team mates linking up like friends, playing without a care in the world as though they were in the playground at school.

Attackers work well when they have support from their friends. Make sure your players support and move like the Ajax attackers so your team can create many more goalscoring chances.

Try the sessions below to help players link up in front of goal.

My go to session for getting my team to play with twin strikers is Working with attacking pairs. This game where players work in twos is all about shooting and recognising when to move into different zones to support the attack. It is a great way to forge a partnership with your front two.

Forging a partnership is key to getting the best out of the two players. Two up front in tandem gets your players to combine well by teaching your forwards how to communicate and develop their attacking relationship.

One short, one long is a rule used by teams that use two forwards. To disrupt defenders, one forward makes a short run towards the ball, and the other forward makes a long run into the space left by the first forward. This type of movement will create space for one of the forwards to receive a pass.

And finally to get your strike partners firing on all cylinders use Parallel lines which is a simple unopposed shooting activity that coaches strikers to receive, look up, lay off and support, the way twin attackers should be behaving in the final third.

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