“Attacking football is the simplest way to victory and success. In Argentina, we are aware of this, which is why we play open attacking football.” -Marcelo Bielsa
Is there anyone more obsessed with the details of football than Bielsa? Probably not.
This week, our content focused heavily on details. So, leading with this quote from Bielsa seemed like a good way to start our weekly review.
Here we go…
On Wednesday, we released a podcast telling you How to Gain an Advantage Using Throw-Ins.
Again, as we did with goal kicks last week, we placed the emphasis on rehearsing different throw-in situations during training. We also highlighted the importance of eye-contact, verbal, and non-verbal communication before the thrower even has the ball in their hands. It’s these little details that make all of the difference.
Joey also provided insight into how his own teams execute throw-ins. He also highlighted some top-level professional examples that you can look at when watching games on TV this weekend. And you can find an example of a well-executed throw-in play in the show notes.
Time investment: 26-minute podcast, 1-minute video
Payoff: You’ll leave this episode thinking about throw-ins as a weapon instead of a boring restart
On Thursday, Joey joined me again to dissect Gregg Berhalter’s interview with the American Outlaws.
In that interview, Berhalter provided plenty of details about:
- How he selects players
- How he wants the team to play
- How he thought the team did in 2019
And thanks to all of the details Berhalter provided throughout his interview, we were given plenty of material to choose from when we selected the criteria that we will be using to judge the USMNT and the coach throughout 2020.
Time investment: 41-minute podcast, 14-minute video of Berhalter’s interview
Payoff: A crystal clear understanding of what’s expected from Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT in 2020
Did you hear this?
Our boy Alex Mendez was a guest on the new official #AjaxPodcast! And it was a fantastic interview. It’s a great opportunity to get to know more about how Alex was introduced to soccer, why he chose to go to Germany, and what his goals are now that he is at Ajax.
— 3four3 (@3four3) January 16, 2020
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