Season 2020-21 started last Saturday with two Northern teams: Eibar – Celta, and finished with the local derby Valencia- Levante, a match that ended with a total of 6 goals and lots of situations that have provided a rich range of issues for analysis.
First, we have analysed the goals scored in this round superficially for an early analysis, and then we have gone deeper little by little.
GOALS AND STATISTICS
And now, what? What conclusions will we drawn based on these data?
If we carefully analyse many of the goals shown in the last video, we can draw lots of interesting conclusions, such as:
The importance of the central channel!
As you can see in the picture on the left, more than 80% of the goals are finished from the central channel. Initially, these should be simpler situations for the goalkeeper to interpret, right?
Once again, the withdrawal gains importance. The reason is that most finalizations (not only goals) are the result of tackle + fast attack, where the goalkeeper is forced to withdraw quickly. Many of these withdrawals do not work. Why do we say that? To better understand, let’s divide the withdrawals into two common situations:
Tackle/transition far from the goal
Tackle/transition close to the goal
More often than not, the goalkeeper is well-oriented regarding the ball carrier and the goal when the tackle happens far from the goal and a long-distance shot is made. However, if there is a second ball off after the tackle, as a general rule, the goalkeeper gets disoriented by the ball and tend to reduce the shot instead of holding position in the goal.
When the tackle happens near the goal, as a general rule, there is a pass to the open spaces or between the lines before the finishing. Those passes usually disorient the goalkeepers (the game is fast, and the plays are very close) since most of times they interpret those plays as 1×1 because the take the ball as a reference without thinking of:
In a nutshell, the aim of the withdrawal is to create space and time to interpret the situation easily. This aim has been achieved in long-distance shot situations, but the last pass before the finishing in short-distance actions generates lots of doubts regarding decision making (shot vs 1×1).
After this short analysis, we found many methodological guidelines we can add in our drills. These guidelines offer as much real context as possible and not necessarily every one of them must be coached in the goal.
Sometimes, depending on the concept we want to reinforce, the best option is to isolate the goalkeeper from every possible situation or option in order show him a more analytical behaviour. For example, learning to withdraw or move laterally in a balanced and fast way, speed-slow down, and body balance… If we work these concepts in very wide sequences (A, B, C, D…), we can cause that the goalkeeper ends up focusing more on the final execution than on the process: THE HOW.