Valery Gazzaev: “Pressing v Countering”

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.

Videos and images created by sports software TacticalPad.

“Pressing v Countering”

Aim:

To work on pressing and countering.

Image:

Valery Gazzaev - Pressing v Countering

Numbers:

2 teams 8 v 8 (1 goalkeeper + 7 when defending and countering).

Area:

Half pitch.

Duration:

2 x 7 minutes with a one-minute break (the teams change roles at the break).

Rules:

– 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).

Coaching:

– 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.

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By Pedro Mendonça

About Pedro Mendonça: Real Madrid Foundation - Football Coach/Professor. UEFA B Football Coach. Physical Education Teacher. Author of: "Tactical Periodization: A Practical Application for the Game Model of FC Bayern Munich"

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