Pep Confidential

The following are extracts from the book Pep Confidential by Martí Perarnau: “One of Pep’s basic axioms is that every player should be thinking ahead to his next move as he passes the ball.” “He shows him that it is not enough to pass the ball. It must be done anticipating the next move, so…

Pep Guardiola’s first Barcelona team talk

I only ask this of you. I won’t tell you off if you misplace a pass, or miss a header that costs us a goal, as long as I know you are giving 100 per cent. I could forgive you any mistake, but I won’t forgive you if you don’t give your heart and soul…

Pep Guardiola on marking

Don’t mark a player; cover the space between two players. The opponent thinks he’s unmarked, making pressing easier.

Pep Guardiola on looking up

If you want to find somebody short, look long, because then you will see short. If you just look short you won’t see the long pass.

Getting Players to Look Up

I recently read a very interesting article where a 4th division Brazilian side recorded a higher pass completion rate when they played against top-flight Fluminense. And the secret? Shower caps! Using the caps [instead of bibs in training] improves peripheral vision. It stops players from getting unnecessarily fancy – it makes them look up to…

Pep Guardiola 6v2 Rondo Bayern Munich – 21 May 2015

From Pep Guardiola Training Session With Bayern Munich – 21 May 2015 3 groups of 8 players. 6 x 5 meter squared areas. 15 minutes 6 players around a 5 meter squared area. 1 touch. The player who loses possession has to replace 1st of 2 defenders, they will then stay in for 2 turns. Anything over 20…

Colour System

Alongside many references to Mourinho’s bible there are sometimes references to a “Colour System”, “Colour Box System” or “Colour Coding System”. The Colour System seems to be a way for Mourinho’s teams to respond in a coordinated way to certain situations. I want a team that at any given time, in a given situation, all players…