Pep Guardiola explains succinctly what he wants out of his teams: “My idea of Football is simple: I like to attack, attack, and attack”.
The following shows his Bayern Munich Training Session on October 15, 2014.
We also note the Pep’s training methodology.
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1. Pep’s training session started with a General Warm-Up with all the players making a low intensity run from one side to another of the field as well as making arms and legs joint movements – 3 minutes.
2. The players made set up in circle around the Assistant Coach who directed them in dynamic stretches and muscular strength exercises – 3 minutes.
3. Next the players go into a specific warm-up working a 7v2 (max) keep-away one touch exercise in a 8×8 meter space. To enhance the players level of effort, after 20 consecutive passes the external players clap/tease the players in the middle. The players in the middle stay in until intercepting a pass. – Two five minutes repetitions with a 30 seconds pause. Note: Pep Guardiola and his team show an attention to detail. After the first five minutes the players moved to another area of the field to execute the second exercise.
4. After the 7v2 keep-away exercise there is a pause for Hydration, critical to sustain a high level of effort and play – 2 minutes.
5. Passing exercise to train the dynamic of the “3rd Man” – Two repetitions of 3 minutes and 30 seconds (change the options between repetitions).
a. VARIATION 1
Description: With team divided into two groups one on each half of the field. The players must make one touch passes and move to the space where the ball receiver was. The player receiving the ball must make a quick movement, anticipating the “yellow dummy defender”. Important points: 1) The quality and speed of the pass (driven on the ground), and 2) the synchronization of the players asking for the ball and moving timely.
b. VARIATION 2:
Description: This is similar to the previous one. The player who makes the last pass gets the ball back and then holds until the run by a team mate to penetrate deep the “opposing defense”.
It’s important to note here again Pep Guardiola’s intervention. Initially the coaches provided these fixed variations to the players to understand what was asked of them. Shortly thereafter Pep Guardiola noted that “Football is decision” and that the players should opt for the appropriate variation depending on the previous pass quality. Fundamentally to develop the players’ game intelligence during practice – we want creativity and not dictatorships.
6. Transition Activity – while the coaches prepared the next activity the players organized in groups of 4 pass the ball amongst themselves (short and long, first or more touches). The most important point here is Pep’s intent to have always his training session in very intense and dynamic state, even when “filling time”.
7. Keeper + 8 v 8 + Keeper with 1 Offensive Joker – Pep Guardiola divided the group into two teams of 9 players each with one player supporting the team in possession (Offensive Joker). In these games, Pep worked on his Ideas of the Game: Possession and Ball Circulation; Very intense and aggressive transitions; very intense defensive pressure to recover the ball quickly – 3 games of 8 minutes with Hydration stoppages of 2 minutes.
THE WHOLE TRAINING SESSION DESCRIBED ABOVE CAN BE SEEN IN THE VIDEO BELOW: