Joe Joyce, Newcastle’s successful Academy manager has revealed today how he uses video of Arsenal and Barcelona to educate his youngsters.
Joe Joyce – Newcastle Academy manager
Joe Joyce told Newcastle United TV this morning about the video-room education he gives to his youngsters, as they study big games and see what the players do off the ball as well as on the ball.
“We try to use a lot of video from teams such as Arsenal and Barcelona,””More so recently we have focused on Barcelona and we record a lot of their games to then go through with the lads.”
“And it’s not just a case of watching what they do on the ball, they also work extremely hard off the ball and that is something we try to instill in our players.”
“But even if you watch top teams such as Barcelona they are able to break their play up; they play a lot of short passes and keep possession but they know when and where to make that decision to go a little bit longer and that always keeps the opposition guessing.”
“We have that option to do both also; we are able to keep possession well with Brad Inman, Greg McDermott and Conor Newton in the middle, but we also have the option to go long with Phil Airey because he has the pace to get in behind defences.”
Just one of the things we liked to watch about Barcelona, when they played Arsenal last week, was how they played off the ball.
There were no prima donnas in the Spanish side, and as soon as they lost the ball they were off harrying Arsenal to get the ball back.
For those older readers (much older unfortunately) it will remind them of the famous Hungarian side of the 1950s – the Magical Magyars – with the great Ferenc Puskás in the side – at that time reckoned to be the best player in the world.
When any Hungarian player lost the ball, it was his job to harry the opposition and get the call back for the team.
They were the first team outside the British Isles to defeat England at Wembley and they did that in November, 1953 when they thrashed England 6-3, which shocked the football world – to say the least.
Ferenc Puskas and Billy Wright lead out their countries in 1953
And six months later in May 1954, just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, they beat England 7-1 in Budapest, which is till the worst defeat of any England side, even today.
The way the Hungarian side of the 50s played to get the ball back may not be the exact way the Barcelona side play today, but the Spanish team’s work rate is incredible, and they are all world class players.
The way the Spanish team now plays reflects so well on coach Josep Guardiola, who only took over the club at the beginning of last season.
Getting back to our youngsters we are all hoping we can win the game tonight,a nd then we can look forward to the lads taking on the youngsters of Chelsea.