Sunday, 8th of March 2015

Two more weeks and two more wins for the team! The weekend of March 1st the team won 9-2 and this most recent weekend we stole a 7-1 victory. Momentum and excitement are building as Rivas 95’ is now just 9 points away from securing promotion! Although I have only been here a short time I am very proud and honored to be a part of this club. The structure and support generated within the club is incredible. After last weekends match, the first team all got food and drinks at the cafe in the facility then we all stayed to support and cheer on our alevin team (Champions of this past World Futsal Cup). 
Everything is coming along as far as my experience goes. My improvement is very gradual, and I only wish it could move faster as I am not the most patient person in the world. I almost don’t even realize the difference from a month ago. But then after sitting down and explaining to someone I just met what I do or understanding the rules of the game we are about to play at training (my personal favorite), I realize the improvement is there and it is very exciting. I just need to keep working at it.

 

This past week at training we played a friendly against Brihuega. It wasn’t a regular game though as it was broken up into 4 quarters of 10 minutes and the score would reset. It wasn’t about winning or losing (although of course it was extremely competitive), but more about focusing on situational tactics. Ramos told me,

“Es bueno practicar diferentes aspectos del juego como el 4×3 o el 5×4 contra otros equipos porque encontramos diferentes situaciones que no se dan jugando contra tu propio equipo.

Essentially that it is good to practice tactics against other teams so we get exposed to other situations (or systems) that we wouldn’t see if we only train against ourselves. We practiced playing both with an extra man or down a man, so defending when we have 4 and they have 5, then switching. Then defending with 3 against 4 and switch again. It was a great learning experience not only for practicing our tactics, but also seeing the level of a team that is doing well in the division above us.

Don’t miss next week when I will get into what a typical day is like as I am now more settled into a routine, which I think will only help moving forward.

As always, thanks for all the support!