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Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« on: February 04, 2014, 12:35:53 PM »
Chelsea prove that speed is key in modern football
By Michael Cox [ESPN.com]


The most significant feature of football's recent strategic development -- more than possession football, false nines, high defensive lines or inverted wingers -- has been something extremely simple: speed.

Football has never been faster. Watch a match from the mid-to-late 1990s, a period recent enough that a few players (Ryan Giggs, Javier Zanetti, Francesco Totti) link both eras, and the play appears astonishingly slow. Gaps open up, but players don't charge into them. Counterattacks are conducted at a gentle pace; the player in possession pauses to check his options, turning one way, then changing his mind and distributing the ball the other. Pace was a bonus rather than a requisite, often the domain of wingers and maybe the odd striker.

Today, pace is everything. It's why counterattacking is so dangerous, why physical conditioning is so crucial and partly why Italian clubs -- accustomed to playing at a gentle pace -- have recently underachieved in Europe. It's also why when a Manchester United-supporting prankster recently tricked Chelsea fans outside Stamford Bridge, quizzing them about fictional transfer targets, they pretend to know about his speed.

"He's quick. He's got pace on him, definitely," one says. "He's very fast," adds another. It's a reasonable assumption. In today's world, which promising youngster isn't quick?

Itís an especially understandable guess considering the side Jose Mourinho is assembling at Chelsea. Monday night's 1-0 victory over Manchester City was an extremely impressive, controlled performance that was more dominant than the winning margin would suggest.

Chelsea defended solidly, attacked in numbers, and while they weren't entirely reliant upon the counterattack, in those situations they broke at extraordinary speed. Their four-against-one counterattack midway through the first half summed it up: Willian leading the charge, Samuel Eto'o available on the right, and Ramires and Eden Hazard sprinting down the left.

Eto'o lacks the pace of his younger years, but his runs are still sharp. The key to Chelsea's speed on the break, though, was the performance of the three behind him: Willian, Hazard and Ramires. All three are fast. The fascinating thing about this trio, though, is that "fast" isn't detailed enough to explain their respective styles. They're fast, but fast in entirely different ways.

The men's 100-metre Olympic final features the eight quickest men on the planet, but they have different styles and separate strengths. When Usain Bolt broke the 100 record in Beijing in 2008, he recorded the second-slowest start of the eight contenders, but by 70 metres he was so far ahead that he was able to slow down. Others were quicker out of the blocks, but no one could match his top gear.

In a footballing context, seemingly every debate can be linked back to Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2009, A fascinating study by researchers at the University of CoruŮa, seemingly stretching the boundaries of their research project, revealed that Messi is marginally quicker than Ronaldo over short distances -- in the first five metres Messi hits 20 kph, Ronaldo just 18 kph. When you measure speed over 15 metres, however, Ronaldo is the winner, hitting 30 kph compared to Messiís 28 kph. They're marginal differences, perhaps, but the point stands.

Back to Chelsea: Their three attacking midfielders Monday night had three separate types of pace. Willian has incredible acceleration over relatively short distances, Hazard has brilliant midrange speed and Ramires is a long-distance speedster. The three approaches were all crucial in Chelsea's win.

Willian's deployment in the central attacking midfield role was reminiscent of the way Mourinho used Mesut Ozil at Real Madrid. Although given fewer defensive responsibilities than Willian, Ozil's attacking game depended upon him making consistent, short sharp bursts into the channels, often by running laterally. Mourinho considered Juan Mata, for example, unable to do this.

The Brazilian is even quicker than Ozil, but there's a similarity in their movement -- Willian seems to charge down defenders from a standing start extremely quickly. If there's a loose ball in midfield, the Brazilian always seems to get there first and is into his stride quicker than anyone else. He rarely sprints over long distances, but his acceleration over short range never seems to fade as the match continues.

Eden Hazard, meanwhile, is quick from a standing start, but that's not his specialty. He's more effective when suddenly moving up through the gears -- perhaps from about second gear to fifth gear, in the blink of an eye. He embarrassed Pablo Zabaleta on Monday with an astonishing burst of speed that was so humiliating for the Argentine because he clearly knew what to expect -- he backed off, waiting for the moment to turn and sprint, but still couldn't get close to the Chelsea man.

It's not the first time, either -- Hazard has been embarrassing defenders regularly in recent weeks, most notably when Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic was so frustrated that he launched into a reckless, dangerous tackle on the Belgian in stoppage time, earning himself a straight red card. Hazard has moments of trickery, certainly -- there was a brilliant run from an inside-left channel that beat two defenders (and somewhat oddly, the referee, too) but he's also capable of knocking past a defender and running onto it.

Then there's Ramires. He doesn't have the acceleration of Willian and not quite the pace of Hazard. But over a long distance, he's unbeatable. The Brazilian was guilty of wasting Chelsea's clearest chance yesterday, on that four-on-one break which ended with his tame, curled shot that allowed Joe Hart to make an easy save. He only seems to be comfortable finishing from inside-right positions, shooting across the goalkeeper's body.

However, rewind to the start of the move and watch where Ramires begins his run. As Alvaro Negredo misplaces a pass by a bafflingly huge margin, Ramires is the player pressuring the Spaniard, goal-side of him, close to his own penalty box. Ten seconds later, he's in the opposition box applying the finish -- with no opponents in sight. In Brazil with Cruzeiro, he was affectionately known as the "Queniano Azul" (the "Blue Kenyan") for his speed and endurance over long distances. It remains an appropriate nickname.

It remains to be seen whether raw speed, even its different guises, will be enough for Chelsea to win the league. It's easy to witness this performance and understand why Mourinho didn't require Mata, yet rarely will Chelsea be allowed to attack so reactively and use their speed to such devastating effect in attack.

When the opportunity presents itself, however, Chelsea's pace will continue to be both thrilling and devastatingly effective.
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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 01:05:16 PM »
The article should have gone a bit further into what allows these players to execute such amazing physical speed. Understanding what allow them to be so fast would have given greater insight to the average reader into why these players appear to be so physically fast.

Great article though.
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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 01:55:25 PM »
Speed has been important for decades and I'm a big fan myself - nothing is scarier than quick full-backs and wingers who can put in a half-decent cross. Causes all sort of panic in most squads. If not, then cut inside with that pace and watch them squirm

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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 02:04:59 PM »
Speed has been important for decades and I'm a big fan myself - nothing is scarier than quick full-backs and wingers who can put in a half-decent cross. Causes all sort of panic in most squads. If not, then cut inside with that pace and watch them squirm

Its evolved beyond simply wingers and fullbacks though which is the point of the article.  Ramirez is most often deployed as RCDM and makes those long blistering runs regularly.  Yesterday Willian was playing CAM.  Having speed of this level in such positions wasn't common.

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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014, 02:07:40 PM »
Speed has been important for decades and I'm a big fan myself - nothing is scarier than quick full-backs and wingers who can put in a half-decent cross. Causes all sort of panic in most squads. If not, then cut inside with that pace and watch them squirm

Its evolved beyond simply wingers and fullbacks though which is the point of the article.  Ramirez is most often deployed as RCDM and makes those long blistering runs regularly.  Yesterday Willian was playing CAM.  Having speed of this level in such positions wasn't common.

Oh definitely agreed, just stating my one-love :) Always important in Football Manager :p

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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014, 02:54:47 PM »
Yeah, but what enables that speed of action is what is even more amazing and will allow T&T to progress on the field.

Also it is a great observation to note that Willian is quicker on the 1st step, but Ramires will outlast both Willian and Harzard.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2014, 03:36:22 PM »
Good article. But this is nothing new in football. Speed has always been an integral part of the game.  Yes, in the past, the speed was mostly emphased by wingers. But now, it is almost a requirement for speed in all positions. Each generation becomes faster as new and improvement techniques are employed. Each team has doctors and high qualified physical trainers. Diet has changed a lot. The use of supplements.

This article did not mentioned the used of ban substances. But yes, speed put you over the top.

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2014, 04:55:29 PM »
Speed is it. Always campaign for our Head Coaches to select with this in mind. If our wing backs doh have speed they will be eaten alive by the Mexicos, Costa Ricas and Argentinas of this world.
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2014, 05:33:59 PM »
Like the article...that was the first thing I realized when watching the game yesterday - Chelsea's speed on the counter and the number superiority they often enjoyed when breaking on attack.  Everton felt the hurt on the counter against Liverpool too last week.  More and more teams are able to soak it up and kill you on the counter.  Losing the ball nowadays is a dangerous thing, because good teams will punish you on the counter.

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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2014, 06:19:35 PM »
Italy used to play that type of football long ago and they used to blasted as too defensive. Catenaccio. Soak up pressure and counter attack with speed. The crowning glory for them was  in Spain 82 when they beat Brazil 3-2 and when they won the WC  in Germany against France.

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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2014, 06:47:52 PM »
I think the current T&T team is de fastest we had in years.

Molino, Peltier, Cyrus, David, Joevin, Kenwyne, Bateau, Hoyte, Hector, Marcus Joseph, Mitchell, Glen, Power, Caesar, Plaza and Rundell Winchester have some toes in them.

But Peltier speed is de only one who look up to top standard, because he have that burst. Hoyte and Hector might be ok too.

Leh we see how Justin Hoyte brother holds on. He coming soon.
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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2014, 06:54:24 PM »
I think the current T&T team is de fastest we had in years.

Although not on de team as yet, Neil Benjamin Jr. have some serious pace.

In Vancouver pre-season fitness tests, Carlyle Mitchell came 3rd in de 10-metre sprint and 5th in de 20-metre sprint.
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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2014, 07:05:21 PM »
Yea, ah forget he Tallman, ah add him in.

But we need players who can run fast with the ball.

Because Kenwyne fast, but he not fast with the ball like Peltier and Hyote.

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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2014, 08:19:37 PM »
Pace is a necessity, but so is the end product. While speed can get you into position, speed of thought and decision making is something that is learned as opposed to natural ability. Winchester, Quintero, Darren Mitchell all have blistering pace (and just like the three Chelsea boys, each one is faster over different distances). But they still need to turn that pace into a lethal weapon.

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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2014, 10:11:13 PM »
Trinidad players always had loads of speed...even in the old days..speed was our hallmark of the Trinidad player....speed to match these modern players..Yorke, Latapy, Brian Haynes, Bert Neptune, Archibald, Steve David, Leonson Lewis, Adrian Fonrose and the list goes on..the camera technology and the use of speed were different then.The style of football was also different..speed, as it relates to football players is a relative term..a very fast football player usually runs a 100m just under or around 11secs.

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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2014, 11:11:01 PM »
Our players physical speed is not our problem. All those players are fast yet when we get in a game we look slow and we wonder why some lil scrawny players out hustling we players. Yet our players are fast. What gives?
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« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2014, 07:43:13 AM »
Our players physical speed is not our problem. All those players are fast yet when we get in a game we look slow and we wonder why some lil scrawny players out hustling we players. Yet our players are fast. What gives?

We lack the discipline and concentration that is needed for the speed to be effective. At Chelsea, every knows the plan and sticks to it, as well as they know plan B and can adapt to it when needed
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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2014, 11:07:59 AM »
I agree with physical speed but what's the sense in  having dat and no mental speed?

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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2014, 11:13:50 AM »
Italy used to play that type of football long ago and they used to blasted as too defensive. Catenaccio. Soak up pressure and counter attack with speed. The crowning glory for them was  in Spain 82 when they beat Brazil 3-2 and when they won the WC  in Germany against France.

Difference nowadays is the speed at which teams counter.  Note in the article how the technical analyst was quick to point out why Italian teams are not doing as well in the Champions League:  their build-up play is too slow.

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« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2014, 08:18:48 PM »
I was hoping that this thread would have exploded into exploring the observation of speed in the article. How do we think T&T players can improve in the speed area on the field?
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« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2014, 11:02:06 PM »
I was hoping that this thread would have exploded into exploring the observation of speed in the article. How do we think T&T players can improve in the speed area on the field?

I eh know if speed is jes how fast you running.

In the T&T context, our guys need to play faster.

That encompasses many elements of the game.

Speed of play. Which requires being comfortable on the ball at high speed in tight spaces

This in turn requires superior technique and speed of thought

Recovery speed to get into position when the ball is lost

And then speed throughout the game which requires incredie stamina.

Our players might be naturally fast, but they not necessarily fast with the ball, under pressure, in tight spaces, and making good decisions.

Environment and culture have a lot to do with it too. We ARE a laid back people and that is amply demonstrated in the way we usually play the game
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Re: Speed is everything is todays game (where Bally).
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2014, 11:08:51 PM »
The article should have gone a bit further into what allows these players to execute such amazing physical speed. Understanding what allow them to be so fast would have given greater insight to the average reader into why these players appear to be so physically fast.

Great article though.
i'm guessing weight training. i've been preaching that for years.
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« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2014, 11:12:35 PM »
I was hoping that this thread would have exploded into exploring the observation of speed in the article. How do we think T&T players can improve in the speed area on the field?

I eh know if speed is jes how fast you running.

In the T&T context, our guys need to play faster.

That encompasses many elements of the game.

Speed of play. Which requires being comfortable on the ball at high speed in tight spaces

This in turn requires superior technique and speed of thought

Recovery speed to get into position when the ball is lost

And then speed throughout the game which requires incredie stamina.

Our players might be naturally fast, but they not necessarily fast with the ball, under pressure, in tight spaces, and making good decisions.

Environment and culture have a lot to do with it too. We ARE a laid back people and that is amply demonstrated in the way we usually play the game
talk done...daiz it right there. Beenhakker warned us about our slow play and it's detrimental effects.
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« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2014, 12:35:16 AM »
I was hoping that this thread would have exploded into exploring the observation of speed in the article. How do we think T&T players can improve in the speed area on the field?

I eh know if speed is jes how fast you running.

In the T&T context, our guys need to play faster.

That encompasses many elements of the game.

Speed of play. Which requires being comfortable on the ball at high speed in tight spaces

This in turn requires superior technique and speed of thought

Recovery speed to get into position when the ball is lost

And then speed throughout the game which requires incredie stamina.

Our players might be naturally fast, but they not necessarily fast with the ball, under pressure, in tight spaces, and making good decisions.

Environment and culture have a lot to do with it too. We ARE a laid back people and that is amply demonstrated in the way we usually play the game

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That right there is our major problems-----> Technical Speed and Speed of thought.

In regards to the article the 3 players mention you can see these differences. Ramirez technique is not as clean as Willian or Hazard therefore it takes him (Ramirez) a bit longer to execute.

Players must be able to see the game, understand what's [about to]happen/ing and then perform the correct required action/s. The players who can do these will always SEEM/ARE (to be) much faster than the players around them.

This is where I think Balotelli ran into problems early on at Man City (England). Ballo speed of thought and technical speed is absolutely amazing which is greatly enhanced by his pure/physical speed. He will often times make runs into spaces or look for players to makes runs to play them the ball. But, because player were technically slower or tactically deficient they slowed up the game frustrating Ballo, eventually causing him to lose interest. Balotelli will flourish in the current Bayern team.

Coming back to T&T. At the youth level we need to firstly work on technical speed. Really refining the basics whereby a player can execute required technical application at the highest level (the SAID principle can guide this). Next, the focus should be on the thought process, understanding the tactical side of the game. Players should know how to function in given positions, spaces and situations. Players understanding how, when, and most importantly why.
With those developed, then it makes it a much easier task to work with players on developing pure speed.

We place at the youth level in T&T far to much focus on just playing. You see it at the various levels of our National teams. More recently it was glaringly affecting our women players. We have players who can sweat, but not "play" at the next level. Look at that one clip we saw of our player on trial at Udines was it? He struggled to get up to speed of a training session. By the time he caught on the session was practically over. We struggle with the technique, we falter with the understanding.

This is why we need a comprehensive program, developed, implemented, and analyzed by a competent source.
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