Bayern Munich produce 61-pass rondo in training

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Wherever Pep Guardiola coaches, the rondo is sure to follow.

Barcelona mastered the training ground exercise under the revered Catalan coach and Bayern Munich, judging by this latest video, have done the same.

The official Twitter account of the Bundesliga champions posted a video of Arjen Robben and co. pulling off a magnificent 61-pass rondo on Wednesday afternoon - and you can watch the 47-second clip by scrolling down this page.


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The speed of the passing in this particular rondo is incredible.

In fact, it could well be a contender for the best rondo ever performed - although we’ll let you be the judge of that. Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta would probably disagree, mind.

Video: Bayern Munich's 61-pass rondo

Man City players must take the rondo seriously

One thing’s for sure: Manchester City’s players should prepare themselves to take the rondo extremely seriously.

Guardiola will not accept anything less than 100 per cent from his new set of players when performing the training ground drill otherwise known in the UK as ‘piggy in the middle’.

Guardiola will take over from Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium this summer, and will be expected to help Man City win the Champions League during his tenure.

The Sun reported last month that the 45-year-old will earn a massive £21 million-a-season in Manchester, making him the highest-paid coach in world football by some distance.

It’s understood that Guardiola is already looking at potential signings for the Citizens and has shortlisted Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a possible option.

If Oxlade-Chamberlain does join the Pep Guardiola revolution at Manchester City, he too will need to impress in the rondo to earn a place in the starting line-up.

Xavi on the rondo

Speaking about the training ground drill, Xavi told the Guardian in 2011: “Some youth academies worry about winning, we worry about education. 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 [piggy in the middle]. 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.”

Guardiola would no doubt echo the same sentiments.

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