I put this presentation together off a video of Pep Guardiola training plus a great written piece on this rondo by "The Coaching Manual".
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Here we are showing how this rondo totally relates to the game situation so your training is REALISTIC in its concept development.
The following 4 v 4 + 3 Rondo allows players to understand the principles of width, depth and length to create passing angles and distances. Looking always to create diamond and triangle shapes in supporting each other to create numerical superiority. Here we show a rondo based on building from the keeper and / or building from the center backs. Its actually a very simple way to teach a complex idea.
You can focus on the attacking players with no defensive transitions with defending players; OR; add transitions when possession changes. I prefer the latter way as it forces players to develop their transitional mentality and physicality. Transition from attacking to defending and defending to attacking must be rapid.
Size of area depends on the ability and skill level of the players; the better they are the smaller the area. Can be 15 x 15 up to 25 x 25 or even larger. Pivot player (6) in particular has to have great composure on and off the ball for this to be successful Can develop the rondo with (6) and (8) in the middle or (8) and (10) depending on how you set your team up.
Equating to the game situation
The set up in an 11 v 11 rondo. 1-4-1-4-1- v -1-4-4-2.
The three neutral players maintain possession with the team on the outside. With the inside 4 team players we have a transition moment with the outside 4 team players when possession is lost to the 4 inside players.
Technical Aspects: Offensive
Passing / control / moving to space / open passing lanes / Communication
Tactical Aspects: Offensive
Keep possession / Passes to break lines / 3rd man runs / up, back, through / progression outside to inside
Technical Aspects: Defensive
Body shape / intercept or tackle / Communication / Press / support / cover
Tactical aspects: Defensive
Transition attack to defense / Mental change / Close down the spaces / Pressing / Close passing lanes / defensive team shape
Guardiola Rondo Using a 4 v 4 + 3
Central player attracts pressure from opponents to create space outside. This is a big challenge for the central player (6) particularly; so give every player the opportunity to be that player. Developing width, depth and length.
Continuums model of development
READ THIS AND THEN COMPARE
LOOK / OBSERVE / THINK / DECIDE: BEFORE Receiving the ball
FOOT PREPARATION / BODY POSITION; BEFORE RECEIVING THE BALL: Flat footed, off balance?
COMMUNICATION: Verbal and visual: Before receiving the ball
SKILL FACTOR: DECISION MAKING: How, when; where and why of the technique; plus its success or not? BEFORE RECEIVING THE BALL
CONTROL: If not a one touch pass on, then the 1st touch control
TECHNIQUE: The pass, the run, the dribble, the turn, the shot; the cross etc.
TACTICAL MOBILITY: Movement off the ball in possession, finding space
MENTAL TRANSITION: Possession changes, tunes in immediately? Defends immediately / Attacks Immediately.
This model TOTALLY applies to this session, all the processes it covers must happen in this session for players to be successful. SPEED of play is vital for both THINKING and PLAYING. Space is tight, play is fast so players must be able to play 1 and / or two touches successfully.
Up; back and through
Short pass to draw defenders to the ball to then do a long pass behind and beyond them. So (6) plays with closest player (9) to draw defenders to free the space for the deeper pass as shown.
Drawing defenders apart to open passing lanes up
Defenders press the wide players leaving the central players free. Red (10) is pressed by blue (7) who then passes to Black (5). (5) Passes to the other side and the defender (11) presses red (8) as shown which opens up the central space for (6) receiving the pass back to (5) who now plays to (6) to play to (9).
Creating close triangles and diamonds of support
Outside players always moving to create passing lanes and angles of support. Playing “around” the defenders; preferably ONE touch.
Pressing to intercept or force a bad pass
Defenders must work hard and press as fast as possible to force opponents into errors.
Players often struggle with the mental transitions from defending to attacking as possession changes; but ESPECIALLY when the change is from ATTACKING TO DEFENDING. So the coach must emphasize the importance of rapid physical transition and fast movement as well as mental transition (sprints inside to out and outside to in). This maintains a high tempo on transition as it SHOULD be in a game situation. We play as we train. Players need that INTRINSIC desire to make this happen for themselves though.
Under pressure (6) Makes a bad pass and the defender intercept the ball. When the 4 inside defending players win the ball they switch with the outside 4 players to become offensive players.
Mental and Physical Transition:
This equates to immediate pressing from attacking mode to defensive mode to win the ball back as soon as possible. Also equates to the defending team; now the attacking team; working hard to KEEP possession at the same time. Rotate players positions so all get the chance to be neutral players.
Here we show the switch. Speed of thought is vital now. Players must change from winning or losing the ball with a switch in mentality and physicality immediately; both in mind and deed.
Outside players rotate
Have the outside players now rotate so the inside player has to have even more of a good peripheral vision. Now attacking players enter the defending area from different points.
Pivot player rotates off the ball
Keep adding to the session with different ideas. This would happen in a game where players rotate positions.
Add poles into the space so now players must position accordingly
The Poles represent defenders so if the central player hits a pole with a pass the two teams of 4 immediate switch (as it is the same as giving possession away). Now players move into open passing lanes based on the pole's as well as the defenders. A Much bigger challenge to keep the ball now.
View this in action on the following video:
Focusing on red right and left fullbacks and red right and left strikers and the central theme of black (5), (6) and (9).
Allowing the central midfield of black (6), red (8) and (10) to connect and receive from fullbacks red (2) and (3) to get the ball to (9).
Keeper and central players
Now the keeper is included connecting with the red center backs (4) and (5).
Central player attracts pressure from opponents with the first pass and so creates space outside by defenders pressing (6). This is a big challenge for the central player (6) particularly; so give every player the opportunity to be that player.
Pressing wide and playing centrally
Defenders press the wide players leaving the central players free.
Creating 3 v 2 situations
Building from the back with (K) and red center backs (4) and (5). Building from the middle with red (6), (8) and (10).
Creating 4 v 2 situations
Creating two 4 v 2 situations and dividing the field up, red pivot (6) being the catalyst and connecting player.
Two players centrally
Now we have 2 players centrally against 4 defenders. You can vary the set up also depending on the number of players you have so everyone is involved. The main session requires 11 players but sometimes you have more and sometimes fewer numbers so you must be able to adjust as necessary.
Two players centrally with another idea
Now we have 2 players centrally against 4 defenders. One step back in the build up from the last slide now starting the rondo at the center back not in central midfield.