Spain’s huge three golf equipment – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – are busy placing the ending touches to the upcoming La Liga season.
Barca head into the brand new marketing campaign as reigning champions, however with the frustration of their capitulation within the final season’s Champions League semi-finals nonetheless contemporary within the reminiscence.
Madrid are additionally on a restoration mission this time period, having completed third behind Barcelona and Atletico in final time round.
Second place was a good end for Atletico, though supervisor Diego Simeone has loftier ambitions than merely splitting his staff’s two huge rivals.
The trio of golf equipment have every undergone a pre-season programme designed to have them acting at their greatest when the motion will get underway. Read on as we take a look at their completely different strategies.
Valverde honouring the ‘Barca approach’
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has advanced his model throughout a close to 20-year profession as head coach with quite a few golf equipment.
He has needed to adapt on the Nou Camp, with the membership implementing a playing philosophy and coaching strategies that they undertake from academy degree via to the senior staff.
These are primarily based with theories put ahead by teaching guru, Paco Seirul·lo, and the way they hyperlink with trendy sports activities science.
Much of Barca’s coaching work relies on classes that mimic match conditions, focusing closely on technical and tactical preparation.
Rest and restoration can also be a key issue, with coaching load tapered within the run-up to video games to make sure that gamers are contemporary when the primary whistle is blown.
Javi Gonzalez beforehand performed beneath Valverde at Athletic Bilbao. He says the 55-year-old embraces club philosophies, however mixes issues as much as preserve gamers engaged.
“There’s selection in his system, his strategies,” he mentioned. “He is aware of find out how to prepare – he makes it enjoyable, lots of the ball, technical work. He’s not repetitive, and gamers like it – daily is completely different.
“He’s not overly obsessive about tiny tactical particulars, not least as a result of the concepts, the philosophy, is so ingrained at each Athletic and Barcelona.”
Zidane turns to French health professional
Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane highlighted an absence of health as one of the principle causes for the membership’s poor season in 2018/19.
Zidane axed Antonio Pintus earlier this summer season and appointed Gregory Dupont as Madrid’s new head of efficiency.
Dupont beforehand labored as head of sport science for Celtic, earlier than progressing into roles with Lille and the French nationwide staff. His strategies proved extraordinarily profitable with France, as Les Bleus impressively gained the World Cup in 2018.
The 46-year-old will use in-depth analysis to enhance health at Madrid, issuing every participant with a person coaching regime. Nutrition and dietary supplements will even be assessed, whereas every participant can be required to get ten hours of sleep per night time to assist their restoration.
“I take advantage of scientific evaluation of gamers’ performances, by measuring their high-intensity sprints and assessing their actions,” mentioned Dupont.
“My position is to type via the 1000’s of knowledge collected by way of GPS programs and transmit essentially the most related data to the coach for coaching or matches.
“I’ve to maximise the bodily degree of the participant whereas stopping the danger or recurrence of accidents and optimising restoration. My each day job is to handle this steadiness.”
While Dupont manages the health facet of issues, Zidane’s work with the gamers focuses on three key areas – contact, passing and freedom.
Zidane had beforehand favoured a 4-3-1-2 system, however is eager to remodel that into a 3-5-2 set-up this time around. However, he likes his gamers to have the ability to specific themselves inside the formation.
Madrid have struggled to seek out their greatest kind throughout pre-season, however Zidane can be assured he’ll reap the advantages of his and Dupont’s work when the brand new marketing campaign begins.
Effort ‘non-negotiable’ at Atletico
Diego Simeone took no prisoners throughout his enjoying profession and it’s a mantra that he has adopted intently after transferring into teaching.
Simeone insists on his staff adopting a collective mentality reasonably than specializing in people and it’s an ethos that has paid off over the previous few years.
The Argentinian works his gamers arduous throughout coaching, specializing in quick however intensive classes designed to reflect the tempo of video games.
He additionally makes use of Pilates workout routines to strengthen his gamers’ muscular tissues, enhance postural alignment and improve flexibility.
Simeone can also be a fan of TRX, a coaching method that includes finishing up practical workout routines whereas being suspended from an adjustable harness.
In addition to power and conditioning work, Simeone spends loads of time on drills designed to enhance the defensive form of his staff.
SBS commentator and analyst, Michael Bridges, has witnessed Simeone’s strategies first-hand and he believes his method is the important thing to Atletico rising as real challengers to Barca and Madrid.
“I used to be very shocked to see the staff doing a closing down session and not using a ball, one thing that has been drilled into the coaches in Australia on the FFA teaching programs,” he mentioned.
“The gamers of their particular positions and the assistant coach with a ball at his toes. Once the coach moved the ball to the left the entire staff shuffled throughout the sphere at tempo then they might regroup to their preliminary positions earlier than the coach would transfer into a unique positions and the staff needed to react to his motion.
“I additionally witnessed this in any respect age teams all through the day as they need all gamers to grasp the formation with and with out the ball so if any progress into reserves or first staff the transition is straightforward as all groups play the identical approach.”