Valverde, a tactical and didactic coach

Five years have passed since Ernesto Valverde left Athletic for the second time. He went to Barcelona, ​​where he won two leagues and made the Blaugrana team one of the most reliable teams in Europe. He lost only 16 of the 145 games he trained there. During this time, he has developed as a coach, although he retains the characteristics that have characterized him throughout his career. Now his name is again related to the Bilbao club, which he will return to if Barkala or Uriarte are elected on Friday.

The opportunity to train again in Bilbao stimulates him a lot. He sees players with energy to run and push, plus a bunch of young people that he likes a lot. All of this leads him to believe that he can get a lot of performance from a squad that he believes has room for improvement. To do this, he relies on his ability to quickly discover how to get the football player to perform and in what role he can do it. He can not be considered an inventor, but it would not be strange if we saw a striking change of position, like the one he did with De Marcos in 2013 (from inside to right back).

He is a coach who enjoys teaching young people, with didactic explanations and daily requirements. He never gives praise to a player, he must earn it with his effort. When it comes to betting on the puppies, he does not shake hands. In his previous stage in Athletic (2013-2017), he made his debut up to 14 football players, while in Barcelona, ​​he needed a single training session to decide that Ansu Fati would stay with the elderly. Sancet, Vencedor, Vivian, Nico Williams, Nico Serrano and Zarraga would benefit from all this.

As for the system, 1-4-2-3-1 was his most common formation during those four years. At Camp Nou, he switched to 1-4-3-3 in attack and 1-4-4-2 in defense, which shows that his waist varies depending on the pieces they have. Hans Athletic were having a great game – if anything the pouring rain seemed to be spurring them on! He feels comfortable with a four-line defense, so it seems difficult for him to bet on a formation of three midfielders. If he quits as a coach, he must turn his board over to gather and promote all the talents in the squad (Muniain, Sancet, Nico Williams, Williams …) and at the same time maintain the balance in the squad. team. block.

It is precisely in this aspect that his development as a coach is most noticeable. He discovered that current football is focused on a game where transitions become more relevant and he focused on working with that aspect. Despite the fact that he likes control, the idea he has for his Athletic is to play at a high pace and push forward, and try not to let the game get out of control. Something similar to what the team has been over the past season. His biggest challenge will be to put an end to the lack of efficiency in front of goal, a problem he did not suffer from nine years ago by having Aduriz and incorporating Raúl García later.

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