Juanjo Vila explains the methodology behind the video analysis work that occurs at Valencia CF, where he works as an analyst. This exclusive interview was organized by "Football for Coaches" on 17 May, 2011 during a trip with their associates to Valencia C.F.
On this visit the partners of "Football for coaches" had the opportunity to see first-hand the work of Juanjo Vila, who as an analyst is well regarded by the professional teams of the first division.
His role is to assess the opposing teams and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Once this is completed he provides a report to the coach, the staff and the players. This involves watching many hours of matches to gain any advantage that will help to defeat the opponent.
Juanjo now working with Valencia CF, having come from Deportivo La Coruña, has had to adapt to the Unai Emery system, which differs from that of Miguel Ángel Lotina. However there are some aspects that do not vary between the coaches, such as offensive and defensive strategies or ball release maneuvers.
To the interest of those visiting, Juanjo explained how he performs his role. During each game he makes a real time report for the coach, Unai Emery, by controlling all the cameras that are installed at the stadium. Using Nacsport (video analysis software), he marks particular actions during the match that the staff from the bench communicate as important.
At half time, he goes to the locker room, and using a projector and screen, he shows the staff all the actions noted as important during the first half, from both their own team and the opponent. After they select the most essential actions, Unai Emery shows them to the players to correct mistakes or communicate instructions to beat the opponent. The speed of this process is extremely important, and the use of these tools allows the players to understand these concepts without difficulty.
This was found to be a very useful talk demonstrating the new technologies available to the coaching staff and the players.
Source: Fútbol para entrenadores (17 May, 2011)