Daniel Guerrero is one of the two performance analysts, working alongside his teammate Alexis Moreno for CF Correcaminos -a Mexican football team competing in the Liga Ascenso. In this blog, Daniel tells us how the analysis team are set up to assist their coaching staff.
The analysis team work almost exclusively for the first team. “We are focused on the first team as we are members of the coaching staff around head coach. Occasionally, we make some specific analysis for the club”.
The analysis team are responsible for 4 different tasks: (1) opposition, (2) training sessions, (3) specific analysis and (4) own analysis. 1. Opposition
The opposition analysis focuses on the last four domestic leaguegames, however they also study the Mexican Cup footageas well; when they do this, they concentrate more on team patterns as line ups are usually different to league games and there is a stronger role for substitute players.
They use two home and two away matches. “We try to give special attention to when our opponent plays in the same conditions as in our game. That is, if they are visiting our home, we especially focus on how they perform as an away team”.
On Tuesdayand Wednesday, we compile information to breakdown on Thursday, to finally share a long presentation (from 18-22 minutes of length) to our head coach. This presentation is divided into several parts: building up, attacking actions, reaction to lost ball, defensive tactics, offensive actions, deadball actions, strengths, attacking variants and weaknesses.
This presentation is reduced to 6 minutes, with just three clips on each list, this isthen shown to the players. Alexis is responsible for adding drawings to these clips, he uses the KlipDraw integration. 2. Training sessions
All training is captured; not just the tactical sessions but also physical ones too. They use a drone to record them, “The drone is being used around 15-20 minutes above ground level so they can film every player”, explains Daniel Guerrero.
These videos will be used during pre-game presentations when the head coach tries to show his players tactical movements we have put in practice during the week. “I can extract the precise clips I’m looking for with the timeline, which is really a great tool for me”.3. Specific analysis
The Specific analysis are those which are not the regular ones. There can be more than one depending on the goals pursued.
“If our head coach requests it or if we consider necessary to stress it, we analyse single players or lines”. These are sent to players or groups so they can be aware of specific information.
A couple of examples: Atletico Celaya player Juan Perez is such a challenging player. He is always looking for one-to-one actions against defenders. His performance is thoroughly analysed in last four games and we present conclusions to our defenders.
The head coach can also request specific analysis on one player. For instance, he may need a presentation from a player whose performance was not great in a given match. “He wants to review all clips where that player lost the ball”.
These kind of specific examples are made one or two days before the game, or even on the very same game day. Also, motivational videos are also requested. “They are used for important games or when we are not doing well, we gather our best performances to help players to pump up”. 4. Own analysis
The most immediate piece of work in analysis workflows is the own analysis. “This task starts with the final whistle and it contains a long summary of the game. We are not talking about just TV highlights but a larger collection of clips. Around 10-15 minutes on the whole”.
This analysis is made with one of the multiple templates that Daniel Guerrero has developed to analyse everything which happens on the team. He added a button named “Summary” where the analyst is including those actions to be included in this presentation. Later on that evening, the video is sent to the head coach, who is responsible to show this to the players before the start of the next training session in the locker room”.