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Rondos are the ideal way to warm-up young players, covering all aspects of outfield play, ticking the boxes for technical, tactical, creative and, importantly, social/fun
Words by: David Clarke

In my experience a good warm-up routine does not need any equipment; it is about engaging the players, and getting "buy-in" to everything you're trying to get across to them.

And that is usually focus, control of the ball and linking up with team mates, One of the ways Barcelona warm up before training or matches is using the rondo circles.

During the exercise the intensity and speed of the ball is extremely fast and requires great technique and concentration.

The players constantly adjust the angle of their positioning in relation to their teammates, sometimes taking a step backwards or forward on the edges of the square, sometimes turning their hips in a certain way so that they can play the next pass or receive a pass efficiently.

They can also move closer to their teammates in order to invite pressure before playing a longer pass out of pressure to continue the passing streak.
There are various fundamentals that are trained very intensely during this game, like intelligence and technique under pressure.

This applies to both the offensive players and the defenders in the middle.
That is why Pep Guardiola uses this drill almost every single practice.

One of the important aspects of warming up is making sure it is done with your team's playing style and tactical strategy in mind.
Using rondos in this part of match day is one of the best ways to integrate the technical, tactical and positional aspects of your team's play.

In this way, when they run out on the pitch they are already seeing the passes and movement that will ensure they give their best straight from kick off.
Pep Guardiola uses rondos in virtually every training session.An Bv2 overload is one of his preferred set ups.

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