When we win the ball back when defending a team which presses us after losing the ball, we will need to connect with the free man playing behind the rivals’ back.
Do you know Liverpool’s Henderson Rondo? It is an interesting conditioning in order to reach a maximum pressure from the first pass.
To control the game pace we need the players to dominate the offensive tactical principals of delaying, change of pace etc.
When winning the ball back, we take it out of a pressing zone, we reorganize and we try to break a defensive line. All of this with the need for a a good body shape to advance on the field.
To defend the central lane is key, and, to orientate the rival so he can just play at the side generates an advantage in order to get the ball back.
The objective is to move from the creation zone to the finishing zone. To avoid that the rivals could send the ball to your defenders back.
It is a classical position drill which is used by different elite coaches like Klopp, Guardiola or Sarri. Quick decision making and little movements to create free passing lines at a higher speed than the real game. This will help your players to make the right decisions during the game.
Since regularly, all the rondos are played in a high pace, is it possible to practice a tactical rondo in which you work both the change of pace and the high and low pace? It is definitely possible if we include a small modification in the structure so our players can make decisions about the pace of the game.
A tactical rondo to find third man and free man situations. At the same time we will practice the coordination of the defensive pressure, the coverages and the defensive delay.
The best way for advancing in the game is to not to repeat too many passes in the same zone. Just by setting up one rule and different zones we will be able to create the scenario where the players will discover, by themselves, the perfect offensive timing.