Everything a player contributes, he contributes to the team. A team does not work if its players do not optimize their performance. I sincerely believe that we should start from these concepts and these individual fundamentals, with each coach's own idea, be it more or less offensive, more direct or more associative.
Working at Barcelona, as a coach and member of the Methodology Department, I decided with my son Ferran to create a consulting company for soccer players and coaches - Go Up Players-.
The initiative was born in January 2007, but has its origins many, many years earlier.
I joined Barcelona in 1970, at the age of 16. Two years later, Laureano Ruiz arrived at the club. A coach who was way ahead of his time, he totally renewed the way of understanding the game and was a determining factor for many of us.
Laureano instilled in us a series of concepts and fundamentals that later, when I finished my time as a professional player, came to my mind. In my almost 20 years as Barcelona's youth soccer coach, I dedicated a lot of time to this individual work that I learned with him.
"LAUREANO RUIZ ALSO TAUGHT US THE UNTHINKABLE PASS: WHEN YOU ORIENT THE GAME TO ONE SIDE, BUT KNOWING THAT YOU WILL PLAY TO ANOTHER SIDE."
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