30 years ago, a fresh-faced Pep Guardiola gave a tactical masterclass to show how a midfielder can improve and extend their vision of the game with body movements in a simple video.
Pep on vision
“Before I receive a ball, all I can see is what is directly ahead of me. My vision is very narrow – I cannot see absolutely anything that is going on behind me, where the team needs to attack. Now I’ll show you the correct position to adopt to be able to play as quickly as possible by using my body and both legs…”
“As I said before, my body position here is not correct because my field of vision is reduced and I can’t see where I have to move. So before I receive the ball, I’ll turn my body slightly – simply to gain a wider view of the pitch…”
“Now I can see every part of the pitch to elect where to play the ball next. Whether my pass is successful or not, at least I have a wider view so that I can move the ball forwards, towards goal which is my main objective”.