Valery Gazzaev: former coach of CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Dynamo Kiev and Russia.
In this article we show one of his favorite practice present in UEFA Magazine – The Technician.
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“Pressing v Countering”
To work on pressing and countering.
2 teams 8 v 8 (1 goalkeeper + 7 when defending and countering).
2 x 7 minutes with a one-minute break (the teams change roles at the break).
– The goalkeeper of the defending/countering team must play the ball to a team-mate – this is a free pass. The goalkeeper cannot score.
– The pressing team has no goalkeeper, but has an extra man in midfield (a joker).
– To teach the pressing team to press the ball, to pressure opponents close to the ball, and to collectively squeeze the space. On regaining possession, they go for goal.
– The defending/countering team need to retain possession under pressure, and when appropriate, to counter immediately the ball is regained.