Based on a session from Cholo Simeone to work on defensive compactness and creation of good angles to receive the ball for the attackers. The pitch is divided into 2 areas and 4 channels. The drill is a 6v6 situation (can be thought of 4 defenders and 2 centre forwards, or 4 midfielders and 2 strikers, it works for both when working on a 188.8.131.52 system) where the players are divided into a line of 4 and a line of 2. The conditions are that the defenders can’t leave their designated area, whereas the attackers can go anywhere they want. The drill starts with free touches on the ball, but it can be then progressed to 2 touches per player. There appear a lot of coaching points in this drill, so we will focus on the ones we think that are more important (depending on what we are working on). For the defending team, the coaching points are the distance between the players within the same line, the distance between the players in different lines, the body shape of the players (showing the attackers one side and forcing them to play where we want them to play to start the pressure), defensive timing, one presses and the others stay compact, etc. For the attackers, the main coaching points will be to show the optimum depth and width, as well as the correct body shape to receive the ball. Other coaching points for the attackers are the first touch on the ball (orienting the control), receive the ball in between lines (and/or in positions that can provide an advantage to the team), play in the minimum touches possible (1, 2, or 3 maximum).
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