A couple of days ago, @migerucb made a series of tweets concerning a video that he posted earlier on Twitter. The video showed a young Pep Guardiola discussing several coaching points at what looks like a coaching seminar. In the video, Guardiola outlined his 5 ideas for playing. @Migerucb translated the 5 ideas for the twitter-sphere. I really appreciate the translation because there is often so much outstanding content that is frankly beyond the reach of the “unilingual.” Guardiola’s 5 ideas are shown below, as translated by @migerucb.
So watch the video and contemplate the 5 ideas. And thank @migerucb for doing a nice thing for those of us coaches that are “unilingual.”
- Most teams are reactive. They wait for you to give the ball away to attack. Defense and offence can’t be separated.
- The “free man” concept. Find the players who make the difference unmarked via ball circulation.
- The importance of the “third man”. Try to play long first and if you can’t, play short. Key to avoid counter attacks.
- Move the opponent, not the ball. Invite the opponent to press. You have the ball on one side, to finish on the other.
- Don’t mark a player; cover the space between two players. The opponent thinks he’s unmarked, making pressing easier.
P.S. Point 3 is ironic because of what people say about Martino. He talks about profundidad (depth), but I don’t know how to translate that.