Apply pressure, regain possession and then use the ball in this three-part session. By MICHAEL PHILP MORE
On the rare occasions Barcelona don’t have the ball, they put the opposition under immediate and intense pressure in order to win it back as quickly as possible. It’s a tactic they have used to great success over the years and if it’s good enough for the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, then why not give it a go?
The defender must:
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
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Use three players – defender, attacker and server – in a 10-yard square. The attacker and defender start at opposite ends, with the server between them on one side. The server passes to the attacker (A) who must dribble to the opposite end, while the defender (D) presses him.
To progress, add a goal to the right hand side of the defender so he must force the attacker to the left. After three goes, switch the goal to the left so the defender forces to the right.
Use 10 players on a 30×10 pitch split into three equal zones. Two defenders (D) start outside the playing area while attackers are split into pairs or threes as shown on the right. Attackers play two-touch in their zone and the defenders enter the zone to win the ball. Once possession is lost, attackers have unlimited touches. Once possession is lost again, defenders move into the next zone and repeat.
Once defenders have won possession twice in all three zones, they sprint round and start again. Go through twice and time how long it takes before they switch with two attackers. The fastest defenders are the winners.
Play 4v4 plus 2 goalkeepers on the 30×10 pitch. Goalkeepers can only roll the ball out. If either team scores without the ball going back into their own half once they have entered the opposition half the goal is worth three points. A goal scored by any other method earns one point.