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"The rondo encloses a philosophy of football", talk between Amor and Bakero about the styl


Here is a Google Translated version of a really good article from the El Periodico website. Original Spanish link here

The ex-players of the 'Dream Team', who are responsible for the Barca youth team, debate the legacy left by Cruyff.

José Mari Bakero and Guillermo Amor have contemplated the birth and implantation of the rondo as a sign of Barça's identity. Ex-pupils of Johan Cruyff and members of the original dream team in 1988, the now top managers of the quarry contemplate, 30 years later, the validity of the football idea that they began to practice.

Bakero: The rondo represented for me the change of my way of understanding football. I came from the Royal Society, where we only did it as an entertainment, as a pachanga, and here the rondo was the first working tool of the time and the mentality of Johan.

Amor: In the lower categories they were always done. And with Charly [Rexach] in the juveniles, you can imagine how many rondos we were doing. Every day. Those of the amateur told us: look at the juveniles, always with the ronditos.

Bakero: In the initial stage, thanks to the rondos, we were able to play 20 or 25 minutes with an incomparable intensity, but when we did not have the ball we suffered much more than anyone. But by the characteristics of the players, of the team, not by physical condition.

Amor: There are types of rondos depending on the day: the one after the game, recovery, to have some laughs if you won, or the previous match is to look for rhythm, spark, intensity ... When I was in Australia, I tried to dedicate a few minutes each day. Because what the player likes the most is to start training with the ball, with rhythm, with good vibes. Depending on the touch you give, in a rondo you work many things.

"Johan and Charly knew what they were doing instinctively, but they were not aware of developing a metadology" (Bakero)

Bakero: Even the shot on goal!

Love: Sometimes there was a shot, but to the body [laughs], some rocks.

Bakero: Johan and Charly knew what they were doing instinctively, but they were not aware of developing an applied methodology, which today can be explained and reasoned. Johan wanted rhythm of the ball and the round of the gave; I wanted concentration and the rondo gave it to you, speed of decision, quality of the pass ... They are concepts that later are transferred to the field.

Amor: One thing is the rondo, which has been going on for many years, and from there we have gone to position games, which is not the same exercise. The game of position is added difficulties: more space, more opposition placing seven players against four, nine against five ...

Bakero: The movement is important. In 80% of the teams, the players are stopped when giving the pass. The quality of the coach is to make you understand that when your action ends, another one immediately begins, which is to be prepared to receive the next pass.

Amor: In a round you work everything: the body positioning, the use of two legs, the precision, the reading of the game, the mobility ...

"There were the voices of the veterans, of the people of weight and the other of the young people, you only had to look at what Johan was" (Love)

Bakero: I remember the rounds of the eve of Champions. You did not want to go in or out of your mouth. At 20 touches there was applause, and you wanted to humiliate the one who was inside, who burst with fatigue. And of course, inside defended with a brutal intensity to leave and if you were out, you were careful not to fail and enter. What concept does that contain? The competition. We wanted to give the 20 touches, which was like scoring a goal in a match. And a winning team when it marks the first one looks for the second, the third, fourth ...

Amor: There were the rondos of the veterans, of the people of weight and the other of the young people. You just had to look at which one was Johan.

Bakero: The rondo started with the young people inside. It's a way of recognizing a bit of seniority.

Amor: The good thing about starting the rondo inside was that the people were cold and you cut the ball before; If you go downtown when others are hot, it was harder.

"It was fun and you did it all with one idea: 'Play one more line, no corners, no!' Johan wanted you to see, and without looking, the companion who was further away "(Love).

Bakero: In the end it's about mobility and competition. Requires, of course, technique, positioning, concentration ... You learn or you do not learn.

Amor: Johan disputed the rondos, the partidillos ... And Charly also.

"It was fun and you did it all with one idea: 'Play one more line, no corners, no!' Johan wanted you to see, and without looking, the companion who was further away "(Love).

Bakero: In the end it's about mobility and competition. Requires, of course, technique, positioning, concentration ... You learn or you do not learn.

Amor: Johan disputed the rondos, the partidillos ... And Charly also.

Bakero: At first, Johan played everything. Until he had the heart What happens is that in the position games they were placed as wild, free, and never stopped. That's why they appeared smiling in the photos and we were angry.

Amor: It was fun, and you did it all with an idea. "Play one more line," said Johan so we would not give the ball to the next one, but two or three beyond. "No corners, no corners," he demanded, to prevent the ball receiver from being cornered.

Bakero: In the Champions League he asked us not to repeat the same pass twice. It had to be short, short and long, to break the pressure. It was an added difficulty: it forced you to think, which is important too. In the field the player decides: if you pass with the right or the left, to one partner or the other ...

Amor: When asking for a line, I wanted you to see, without looking, the companion who was farther away.

Bakero: All these concepts are now explained and that advances the training process. Before, the smarter learned it faster and another could cost more.

Amor: There is not a book, but the truth is that it could be done.

"The Dream Team was more positional and static, Barça de Guardiola was the opposite: liquid, with constant mobility" (Bakero)