Never get stuck in the middle of a Bayern Munich rondo.
The German club have posted a video to their Twitter account showing Phillip Lahm, Franck Ribery and co. performing the training exercise for nearly 60 seconds.
The two unfortunate players in the middle are left chasing shadows, simply unable to get close to the ball as Bayern’s players showcase their delightful one-touch passing. Scroll down the page to check out the clip.
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Watch the rondo
Manchester City’s players can expect similar rituals when Pep Guardiola arrives at the club in the summer.
Quick, one-touch movement is a staple of the Spaniard’s tactics and Europe first got a glimpse during his four-year spell as Barcelona boss, when Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi won La Liga titles and Champions Leagues using his ‘tiki-taka’ style’.
Guardiola is on the lookout for new players
Guardiola will be scouting the players he needs to perform his style, with Busquets, Paul Pogba and Borussia Dortmund stars Ilkay Gundogan and Julian Weigl reportedly on his wish list.
The 45-year-old wants to take Thiago Alcantara with him to Manchester City too, according to the Daily Mail.
Xavi gave an insight into Guardiola’s approach in an interview with The Guardian in 2011 and admitted the Bayern boss stole ideas from Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.
“Some youth academies worry about winning, we worry about education,” the former Barcelona midfielder said. “You see a kid who lifts his head up, who plays the pass first time, pum, and you think, 'Yep, he'll do.' Bring him in, coach him.
“Our model was imposed by [Johan] Cruyff; it's an Ajax model. It's all about rondos. Rondo, rondo, rondo. Every. Single. Day. It's the best exercise there is.
“You learn responsibility and not to lose the ball. If you lose the ball, you go in the middle. Pum-pum-pum-pum, always one touch. If you go in the middle, it's humiliating, the rest applaud and laugh at you.”
The value of the drill is clear for all to see. Another thing it provides, besides improving passing and concentration, is the fact that it is an enjoyable drill to complete.
If it’s good enough for Xavi and Iniesta, it’s certainly good enough for Yaya Toure, Fernando and Fernandinho.
The Manchester City trio, along with the rest of the players in the squad, must impress in the rondo if they want to earn a place in Guardiola’s line-up.