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Compete as you train. Does the goalkeeper train what he competes?

Compete as you train. By Keylor Navas
In both training and performance, the goalkeeper coaches look at the competition to see how our goalkeepers compete. In this article, we will analyze the importance of training situations and contexts that the goalkeeper will find on match day.

The competition is the goal for which goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach train throughout the week when we talk about performance. However, before the performance comes the training.

Is the competition still the end in training stages? Or the middle?

In the last game played by Real Madrid against Bayern Munich there were several actions with Keylor Navas in which the sentence  COMPETE AS TRAINED, finds its logic.

The performance of Keylor in the semifinals reiterates that we are facing one of the most complete goalkeepers today. And when we speak of complete, we refer to inside and outside the field. Always questioned by people “external” to football, Keylor has continued talking where he has to talk. The play field. It is clear that football is for the football players, but we are convinced that their goalkeeper coach Llopis, has had much to do in this qualitative progression that Navas has performed in recent years.

When you come to see a Luis Llopis training, something is clear and the intensity and the real contexts of the game are always present in their training. I remember one of his talks in which several sentences took more than ever record after the performance the other day of Keylor:

  • Participatory goalkeepers
  • Intelligent goalkeepers about the game that give successful reactions.
  • Goalkeepers who interpret and execute from the knowledge of the game

To what extent the “hand” of the goalkeeper coach can provoke these behaviors?

Personally, we believe that a goalkeeper coach, if he creates a correct work climate and manages to establish an emotional bond with his goalkeepers, has a strength and a capacity for immense change over the behavior and actions of his goalkeepers.

Next, we will see a brief summary of some of Keylor’s actions against Bayern.

And now, let’s see some videos of Keylor with his goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis.

And now, let’s see some videos of Keylor with his goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis.

Let’s take as an example the next play in which Keylor anticipates very quick and effectively a ball. Situation trained by Luis during one of his training sessions.

After watching the previous videos, we talked about concepts such as speed, explosiveness, intensity in all his actions, coordination-balance, dexterity, agility, forcefulness, criteria … And above all, a very specific goalkeeper profile.

Can our training generate behaviors in the goalkeeper so decisive for the game?

Can we train technique or tactic in real game contexts instead of in situations so closed to reality?

Will this provide us that the goalkeeper on the match day wins those necessary second for succeding action after action?

If we create a base of experiences in the goalkeeper through our training: Will they give the right solutions to the game? Or at least will they have a greater maturational base?

Is the rhythm / intensity in each action important during training? Why this intensity in each action?

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