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  1. Behaviours as in responses can be second nature. They can become what is know as unconscious competence where decision making and reaction occurs in a millisecond. Our brains have the ability to act as filters, and we with repletion (training) can make highly complex actions with ease because we learn to disregard what is not relevant to simplify tasks. Football can be like driving a car where players act on auto pilot. Add game calls to the above and responses become collective team intelligence where teams can become robotic - The Arsenal offside trap was second nature and one of the best examples I can think of. These behaviours become physical, they become memories and muscle memory, neural pathways which are strengthened by training x training x more training.
  2. I think I have never really given this any thought. They are terms that I was familiar with from playing and on. I look at hitting areas, but look at zonal defending so players fill zones to control space and block options. It could be but I have a degree of prejudice when it comes down to FD and responsibility without the ball - pressing and screening. Last season I posted similar to this. At least occupying a centre back to force play one way. Frankly I would not look to set traps from it as the player in question has erred too often to be reliable.
  3. I will give it a go with the theoretical. They are not chucking it long, so support should be available to the player in possession, this player should have multiple options. This means when there is error and there has to be at some point the team should still have numerical superiority to counter press, with players in relational distances to the possession to also provide depth to defend the football and delay attacks till support to arrives - Of course there are thousands of variable ifs and lots of counter ideas, but that is some of the theory. The answer in some respects is in your last line. Its just one game. The above transition from attack to defence has to be relentlessly practiced and understood and become part of the tactical competency of the team. It cannot be if its one game, a month, tried that and change.
  4. Perhaps he will find some legs each game. If he does not and is included in the team with Famara who also does not display an aptitude for the defensive 50% element of football the team cannot defend collectively, team mates will have to go beyond perhaps, they will have to do the running.
  5. The posters point maybe (?) not necessarily about tackling it can be about defensive balance and filling zones blocking options. Palmer unbalances shape, its a easy criticism of this player to make because he does it so frequently. Leeds were better there. Leeds played easily through where Palmer wasn't.
  6. He doesn't go diagonal so he can't create passing angles. My eureka moment regarding width and depth was my simply having width and depth explained to me in geometrical and mathematical terms. Creating forty five degree angles across the pitch creates more mathematical opportunities - the receiving player if players move must have multiple passing opportunities. Players being flat in lines can't.
  7. No I did not misunderstand your post. I suggested a season/seasons ago the academy/pathway should be defined even further as intrinsic to the FC. I was coated off for suggesting this was being dumbed down not bolstered. The path, the philosophy, the strategy had become vague. Coaches were making the wrong noises. The pathway is in danger of going backwards. When I made refence to this again posters were critical. It was happening and now is public. Its cyclic. But the cycle is development is what we are about, err not so much now, err .. There are numerous posters who suggest that the pathway actually is not a pathway at all, in the sense that it does not lead to the XI, its to pro football and its ok if the team has no homegrown players in it and the squad is full of players bought in from anywhere … Well as I previously stated tell that to Brian Tinnion, the coaches and the players, prospective players and their parents etc because there was a different story being told to them.
  8. Not exactly because reputation and what a club does goes before it. Cat 1 is a criteria. a club can still give a player more 1 2 1 coaching hours, input, education, effort these things are elastic but if a club cuts down on opportunity? If a club ceases to have that evidence base of developed kids in its XI and squad? I agree about facilities. City currently share at the WISE campus, its good but the academy has helped to make made tens of millions for the FC and shares its facilities with a college. That does not necessarily cut down on the above, but it highlights that better can be done with focus. Yes spending on infra structure is outside of those rules.
  9. Has Bristol City's academy and its pathway been a success? Well it has had success and the club has profited greatly. That success, the money has been used to buy players which can only limit opportunity for players within the pathway. Meanwhile Bristol City share facilities with colleges. This cannot be compared with Chelsea who train in state of the art facilities, and pay kids large sums at 16, or a Southampton. The models are different. Its not he same at most clubs, models vary from club to club and so does the importance of development. This pathway is fundamental to the club or it is not.
  10. I mention Brian Tinnion in this thread.. Bristol City coaches do not agree with you. I did not make it up. When I used the following coaches are circumspect about the future = they are unhappy about how Bristol City transfers are being conducted, the pathway being blocked and the position of the academy.
  11. Doesn't Bristol City's football require more flexibility and are roles not multi facetted?
  12. It may not be recent City at their best in seasons have been going to feet? That is obviously an opinion but to feed that football a team needs to be filled with technical players who can play one, two, three touch supported by centre backs who move the ball freely, switching it, willing to play out supported by a technical footballing keeper. City have had footballing centre backs in Kelly and Magnússon and sold them. Webster likewise. If true commitment was made to possession based football, seasons ago the squad would possess more footballing centre backs v those displaying more traditional traits. The tactical flexibility of the team should not be compromised by one centre back leaving.
  13. And what I have heard is coaches being more circumspect about the future. The positioning of the academy is altering - We don't here much about Jon Lansdowns A level project the five pillars anymore. The academy saw success, proved worth and could be built upon. Constantly enlarging squads is/can be blocking not building which was the opening posters point. Southampton went up and down and still put players consistently in the XI. Their means was always evident. The club and academy had to do it.
  14. Yes. What point is it that you are making? Is that an example of excellence or something else? The opening poster makes a point about the pathway being blocked. It is a reasonable point to make. This season could easily see no players coming through the academy making a significant impact in the XI. This could become the norm. If that is the reality, it is, or can be a repositioning of the academy. Does this reflect other models? Yes and no. The staff are part of the club. I find it odd that anybody cannot see that an academies priorities are not to produce talent for its parent XI. The academies entire coaching philosophy is based upon that priority. Its in the presentations given to prospective academy parents and players, its part of the process. All I answered was your points which fly in the face of the clubs. With all respect to yourself you are not Brian Tinnion etc. Argue with him.
  15. Yes. Which necessitates clear success to make the statements they do to recruit young talent. These statements are given to parents and players. The consistent expectation is too have numerous players coming through the pathway into the squad and in the XI. The club and coaches rich rhetoric is very very clear on this. The academy is a pathway to the first team and if it is not producing players for that team it is failing, that is its purpose, that is its measurement and the staff running it could not be more unequivocal about this. Yes. And players do go straight into the XI. But that was not the posters point. Academy status is measured by its success of producing players for its XI.
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