Once the ball is won back, the first option that all the coaches like is to try to move up the field and to try to benefit from the possibility of a defensive imbalance. Let’s practice it.
Is it easy to practice the counterattack? ¿Is it easy to defend teams that use the counterattack as a style of play? The counterattack could either be your most preferred playing system or not, but, your players need to know what to do when facing a team using counterattack.
The fact of facing offensive freedom (continuous decision making) to two defensive lines will develop multiple defensive tactical concepts
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.
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.
The creation of triangles and diamonds to attack is an obsession for some coaches (Guardiola, Nagelsmann…), here you can find a partial structure that will help your players to encourage that positioning.
Regular tactical rondos have plenty of small and quick decisions but do not have any movement. If, to a regular tactical rondo we include the possibility/need for deciding whether the player has to or does not have to move, it will make our players achieve a higher level at decision making, since they will be considering teammates, rivals, the ball and the free spaces.
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.