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on 26 March 2014
I also have the FC Barcelona: A Tactical Analysis Attacking and Defending Books which are fantastic if you want the full tactical blueprint of what I believe is the best club side to play the game. Those books analyse each phase of the game and every conceivable game situation. I cannot fathom how long it must have taken to produce these books with so much detail.
I was so happy when this book (FC Barcelona Training Sessions - 160 Practices from 34 Tactical Situations) was released because I really wanted full sessions to go along with the analysis. I was not disappointed as this book contains some of the finest practices and progressive sessions I have ever seen. The amount of content provides great value for money and this book really is a must have for any coach.
The sessions begin with the technical breakdown of Barca's play and progress to new and innovative possession games, transition games and small sided games. Each session focuses on a specific phase of play and game situation, such as RECEIVING IN BEHIND THE MIDFIELD LINE AND APPROACHING THE THIRD STAGE OF ATTACK and RETAINING BALANCE DURING THE ATTACKING PHASE: THE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER’S ROLE.
What I find most incredible about this book is that it teaches the technical side of the game so well, but also covers every tactical situation you can think of and teaches you about team shape, cohesion at all times to prepare for the transition phase and each player's role and responsibilities.
To have all this information in one book (every phase including the transition phase) means you have a complete training program for your team in the mould of Guardiola's great side.