“We want to assemble a team that fight for the title and play good football”
-Ramón Angel Díaz
Nowadays football is governed by results. Results define the success or failure of players, coaches and officials
The coaching staff led by Ramón Díaz is characterized by an integral methodology, where the technical-tactical-physical aspects are the starting point and the common interest, apart from visual, psychological and cognitive aspects, also addressed.
The main goal of the physical preparation is to apply every possible strategy for each player to obtain a physical and mental preparation that enables them to fully develop their individual and group football skills.
Despite the fact that the physical aspects take a higher percentage of the training sessions, the coaching staff believes that there should always be exercises with the ball, the main element of this sport.
“Players are responsible for the success of a team, because they are the ones who step on the field.”
-Ramón Angel Díaz
-Ramón Díaz en un entrenamiento
The coaching staff works hard to create awareness for the footballers to feel the need of committing to their personal care, in order to be ready to fulfill their personal, group and coach’s goals.
This implies transmitting and demanding respect for some group rules in terms of the behavior of each member of the team so as to maintain a friendly relationship among players and coaches.
Taking into account the objectives, the pre-competition time available and the different competitions to be played, the initial base work begins from the learning level, trying to make each player and the team as whole aware of the system progressively.
Especially during pre-season trainings, there is a traditional base work, focusing on the physical aspect together with ball activities.
Later on the level of concentration and difficulty of the exercises is increased, in order to consolidate the basic concepts present in Ramón Díaz’s football idea.
The methodology is divided into three different phases:
-Ramón Angel Díaz
“You may like my dad or not, but he is the most winning coach in history.”
Phase of Internalization of Concepts:
This phase is characterized by weekly micro-cycles, with simple and movement technical-tactical exercises. This means showing the ball possession concepts pursued, trying to standardize tactical movements that respond to the system of play. The aim is for these concepts to be automatically applied during the games, regardless of the opponent’s system.
In this phase, the exercises are isolated from real game situations: without opponents, in small-sided exercises, etc., dividing the exercises into defensive, midfield and attacking lines. This way, each sector of the team gets to understand their role.
This implies static or not very dynamic training sessions, reason why the physical aspect will be worked in small-sided exercises with the ball.
Phase of Integration of Concepts:
In this phase, the micro-cycles will be based on technical-tactical-physical exercises, more dynamically than in the previous phase, integrating the concepts of ball possession and pressing in real game situations.
The exercises are now integral, but always taken to real game situations, in the format of small-sided exercises or in specific parts of the field. The team is not ready to perform formal, full-field tactical exercises yet.
Phase of Control of Concepts:
At this point, the sessions will focus on full-field exercises, giving players more freedom, with only some visual and material instructions by the coaches. This enables a recreation similar to a real game, where the protagonists are asked to apply the concepts acquired in the previous phases.
The coaching staff believes it is crucial to carry out each practice based on scientific and medical criteria, defined beforehand, in order to fulfill the pre-established goals.
An ideal training session lasts approximately an hour and a half (1 hour and 30 minutes, net time), prioritizing quality over quantity.
The coaching staff pays special attention to the physical exhaustion: players should be able to recover on the same day, reason why they are given breakfast and lunch on a daily basis, thus complementing each training session with the right nutrition.
In this regard, the group of doctors and physical therapists are at the disposal of the players to help them recover from muscle fatigue or injuries, for every footballer to be in great shape for the following day’s training session.
“I intend to play with an attacking midfielder and two strikers. That is the style I like and what people want.”
-Ramón Angel Díaz
-Entrenamiento en River Plate
In competitive stages, the coaching staff takes into consideration the date of the next game to plan the weekly activities, distributing them to reach the game in great shape.
These training phases are prioritized without leaving aside the so-called “formal” football practice (drilling for the following game), crucial to determine which players will be in the field from the start.
During the days before a game, the coaching staff devotes time to the analysis of the opponents. They study their weaknesses and strengths, first in the video room and then in the field.
Nowadays football is governed by results. Results define the success or failure of players, coaches and officials.
Ramón Ángel Díaz is aware of this reality but, far from being concerned, he enjoys this pressure and justifies – through this need – the hunger of glory of his teams.