Nike Academy vs FC Barcelona
You’re playing Barcelona U19s. They’re very very impressed with that they’ve seen. So they’ll be cuing their guys up and saying “you’re in a game today” This is not one they’ll be taking lightly. We need you to be a strong team today, then the individuals within that will perform. We play with our heads at all times because the game is about showing what we’ve learnt. Close the gap! Close the gap! Squeeze. Played. Go on then, now you’ve got it. Go on. Yes Ben, yes Ben! Unlucky. They’re in, they’re in. That can’t happen Abou, too easy Abou. Penalty. Probably if you’re watching up in the stand, it’s a little bit of a game of chess. Maybe they’ve had possession, but they haven’t had penetration because our organisation is good. Ok, maintain the level of concentration. It’s hard work mentally and physically but stick at it. Abou, you are much better than that, right. You are that reliable player, give us the strength in there. We need that player. Now you’ve realised that you can beat them. We knew. Hopefully some of you knew as well. I can see now on your faces like **** me, this is happening. Now you have to go there and finish off the job. Well done, Abou! Good boy…time Abou. Patience now. Now we go! Good. Go on, go on, you’ll do it. Well done! There’s your man, find your man. We’ve had some good results. That’s the best one because I think you showed a real good understanding of how to press, how to attack, and how to stick to a game plan. During the first half, I wasn’t at the top of my form and Edu told me that but I already knew it. At half time I got my thoughts back in place and we did everything we needed to win in the second half. I think that the best way to develop a player is simply to play against the best opposition. We knew that they’d press us no matter what. But we coped with it very well. This whole trip has been an educational process for our players. To come here and learn about Barcelona football club: their philosophies, how they work, how they develop individuals, how they collectively work as a team. The game is always a reflection of their learning and there’s nothing that reinforces a good team more than success on the pitch. Yes Sean, yes Sean.