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The Transition from Defence to Attack in the LOW ZONE
©SoccerTutor.com Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions134
GOAL ANALYSIS
Quick Counter Attacking from the Low Zone
02-Oct-11
Espanyol 0-4 Real Madrid (3rd
Goal): Callejon - Assist: Ronaldo
The opposition are caught very high up the
pitch as they lose possession. Alonso again
passes forwards into the free space in the
other half of the pitch. This is into an area
for Ronaldo to run onto (who is the furthest
player forward at the time).
Ronaldo is quicker and better than his
opponent in the 1v1. Callejon follows from
behind being marked by 1 defender. We
have 2 x 1v1 situations.
Ronaldo is too quick again and dribbles
the ball into the penalty area where the
defenders close him down. He again hits a
low cross, to Di Maria this time who arrives
at the back post from the opposite flank
and finishes with 1 touch.
From the time Alonso passed the ball to
the ball being in the net, this counter attack
took 8.9 seconds.
The Transition from Defence to Attack in the LOW ZONE
©SoccerTutor.com Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions135
SESSION FOR THIS TOPIC (3 Practices)
1. Transition & Support Play in a 3 Zone Dynamic Game
Objective
To develop transitions from defence to attack in the low zone and taking advantage of 1v1 or 2v2 situations.
Description
In an area 60 yards x 40 yards, we divide the pitch into 3 grids. The central zone is 10 yards x 40 yards and the 2
outside zones are 25 yards x 40 yards.
The practice starts in one outside zone with one team in possession like above in the diagram. We have 8
attackers (red) vs 6 defenders (white) and 1 neutral player (blue). The red team has 4 midfielders and 2 attackers
inside this zone and 2 full backs who move only along the sides (2 & 3). The white team has 4 defenders and 2
central midielders (from the 4-2-3-1). The Blues (neutral) play with whoever is in possession. In the central zone
we have a 1v1 situation and 2 side forwards for the white team who only move along the sides. In the other
outside zone we have a 1v1 between white 9 and red 5.
In the first zone, the red team has the objective to keep possession and they get 1 point when they complete
6-8 passes. The aim for the white team is to steal the ball and pass quickly into the central zone to Player 10. One
player is allowed to move into the central zone to provide quick support to him and receive a pass back. The
same player will then look to do the same again in the final zone with the striker (9). The 2 side players (7 & 11)
provide support in the central zone and end zone as shown in the diagram.
The Transition from Defence to Attack in the LOW ZONE
©SoccerTutor.com Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions136
Once the ball reaches the end zone, the roles of the 2 teams changes. Now we have the situation as shown in the
following diagram. The practice keeps going and now the whites aim to keep possession and get 1 point when
they complete 6-8 passes. The aim for the red team is to steal the ball and pass quickly into the central zone to
their Player 10 etc.
Rule:
The team that goes from defending to attacking have 1-2 touches in the first 2 zones and have unlimited touches
in the final zone (except the 2 side players and neutral players who play with a maximum of 1 or 2 touches).
Coaching Points
1.	 The defending team use ball oriented defence to apply as much pressure as possible to win the ball back.
2.	 Defensive cover is needed to prevent possible passes and quick changes of defensive positions (transpose).
3.	 There should be the correct distances between the defenders when applying pressure.
4.	 In the transition from defence to attack, there needs to be good awareness, quick support and movement,
quick decision making, a high tempo (1 touch football) and good communication.
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Jose Mourinho Book-transition-practice

  • 1. The Transition from Defence to Attack in the LOW ZONE ©SoccerTutor.com Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions134 GOAL ANALYSIS Quick Counter Attacking from the Low Zone 02-Oct-11 Espanyol 0-4 Real Madrid (3rd Goal): Callejon - Assist: Ronaldo The opposition are caught very high up the pitch as they lose possession. Alonso again passes forwards into the free space in the other half of the pitch. This is into an area for Ronaldo to run onto (who is the furthest player forward at the time). Ronaldo is quicker and better than his opponent in the 1v1. Callejon follows from behind being marked by 1 defender. We have 2 x 1v1 situations. Ronaldo is too quick again and dribbles the ball into the penalty area where the defenders close him down. He again hits a low cross, to Di Maria this time who arrives at the back post from the opposite flank and finishes with 1 touch. From the time Alonso passed the ball to the ball being in the net, this counter attack took 8.9 seconds.
  • 2. The Transition from Defence to Attack in the LOW ZONE ©SoccerTutor.com Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions135 SESSION FOR THIS TOPIC (3 Practices) 1. Transition & Support Play in a 3 Zone Dynamic Game Objective To develop transitions from defence to attack in the low zone and taking advantage of 1v1 or 2v2 situations. Description In an area 60 yards x 40 yards, we divide the pitch into 3 grids. The central zone is 10 yards x 40 yards and the 2 outside zones are 25 yards x 40 yards. The practice starts in one outside zone with one team in possession like above in the diagram. We have 8 attackers (red) vs 6 defenders (white) and 1 neutral player (blue). The red team has 4 midfielders and 2 attackers inside this zone and 2 full backs who move only along the sides (2 & 3). The white team has 4 defenders and 2 central midielders (from the 4-2-3-1). The Blues (neutral) play with whoever is in possession. In the central zone we have a 1v1 situation and 2 side forwards for the white team who only move along the sides. In the other outside zone we have a 1v1 between white 9 and red 5. In the first zone, the red team has the objective to keep possession and they get 1 point when they complete 6-8 passes. The aim for the white team is to steal the ball and pass quickly into the central zone to Player 10. One player is allowed to move into the central zone to provide quick support to him and receive a pass back. The same player will then look to do the same again in the final zone with the striker (9). The 2 side players (7 & 11) provide support in the central zone and end zone as shown in the diagram.
  • 3. The Transition from Defence to Attack in the LOW ZONE ©SoccerTutor.com Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions136 Once the ball reaches the end zone, the roles of the 2 teams changes. Now we have the situation as shown in the following diagram. The practice keeps going and now the whites aim to keep possession and get 1 point when they complete 6-8 passes. The aim for the red team is to steal the ball and pass quickly into the central zone to their Player 10 etc. Rule: The team that goes from defending to attacking have 1-2 touches in the first 2 zones and have unlimited touches in the final zone (except the 2 side players and neutral players who play with a maximum of 1 or 2 touches). Coaching Points 1. The defending team use ball oriented defence to apply as much pressure as possible to win the ball back. 2. Defensive cover is needed to prevent possible passes and quick changes of defensive positions (transpose). 3. There should be the correct distances between the defenders when applying pressure. 4. In the transition from defence to attack, there needs to be good awareness, quick support and movement, quick decision making, a high tempo (1 touch football) and good communication.
  • 4. Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions 114 Practices from Goal Analysis of Real Madrid’s 4-2-3-1 Learn how to coach your team to play like "the best counter attacking team in the world" with 114 practices organised into 30 ready-made sessions BUY YOUR COPY NOW! Full Colour Print and/or eBook Worldwide Shop: USA / Canada Shop: