Retaining In 1v1 Situations
“A possession based philosophy is all about creating 1v1 situations all over the pitch”
– Roberto Martinez
– “I’m not strong, nor fast, nor skilful. I try to always find the space but most importantly the defender must never win the ball off me in a 1v1.”
– – Xavi Hernandez
– once 1v1 situations are isolated, they are split into four scenarios. This article will focus only on the latter.
– In a possession based philosophy where a team relies on ball retention through expansive width and depth, 1v1 isolated situations become prevalent.
– The elite players have over 2,700 receiving situations a season, with a retaining completion of over 90%.
– The world’s best teams have over 11,000 receiving situations a season.
– Given the way in which teams now defend (quarter the pitch, press quickly, prevent forward play) one of the most prominent receiving situations is with pressure from behind.
– The modern player must be comfortable receiving under pressure. Great examples of these players are David Silva, Xavi and Iniesta.
Stage One: 10×10 square with one passer, one receiver and one defender – iFDA receiving set up
Establish technique semi-opposed (defender cannot win ball just pressurises receiver)
– Side on
– Arm out pushing defender away
– Bent knees (stability/strength/low centre of gravity/quicker ability to change direction)
– Receive on the front foot (inside or out)
– Manipulate away from pressure (outside of foot or bottom)
Stage Two: The Four Second Challenge
– Defender can win the ball and put realistic pressure on
– Man who passes the ball in must count out loud once the receiver has first touch. If he can retain the ball for four seconds without the defender getting a touch, he gets a point. If the defender gets a touch then he gets the point. First player to five then they rotate.
– Ronaldinho practised this daily throughout his career and was known to keep the ball for over two minutes in a 1v1 inside the centre circle from youth team players whilst training for Barcelona
Stage Three: Retain to Create Forward Passing Opportunity (groups of four)
– Receiving techniques the same as above
– Can the receiver create an opportunity to pass forward into the top man?
– Show disguise or skill to create an opportunity to play forward
– Can he turn in one touch?
– Can he roll the defender in one touch?