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Madrid based coach Kieran Smith provides an in-depth analysis of the Rondos possession style of play usually associated with teams like Barcelona, Villarreal and the Spanish national team.
First we need to understand what the possession style of play is and that it isn’t “pass, pass, pass” like many think. The possession style is when a team tries to take control of the match by having more possession than the opposition, both in offensive & defensive phases of play. When you set out to play this style and you want to have more possession than the opposition, but it’s not possession for the sake of it. The intention is to keep the ball while you set up you tactical plans or positional attacks, rather than surrender the ball to the opposition. When we see team like Barcelona playing short passes back & forth in the midfield it’s not just to attain great pass completion stats; but to move the opposition, either to create space for a pass or to expose a tactical weakness to exploit. When using this style of play it doesn’t mean we pass over all options. The first thought is to run forward or dribble with the ball if we can and not to tell our player to pass every time they have the ball.
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