Interview with Pep Clotet: Secrets Behind Set Piece Success
Today our guest is Birmingham City assistant manager Pep Clotet.
Pep is from Catalonia and has been a coach since 2001. I'll give you a quick overview of his career.
He started as a youth team and reserve manager at Espanyol before moving to coach in Sweden and Norway. After that he returned to Spain to manage the reserves at Malaga. He then joined Garry Monk at Swansea and since then he has coached with Leeds and now at Birmingham City.
In this episode we discuss:
how he approaches set-pieces
key performance indicators he looks for at Birmingham City
how English football is resembling Spanish football
why football should switch to 12 players
advice for young coaches
coaching in Norway
You can reach out to Pep on Twitter, his handle is @Pepclotet.
8:35 Camping at Bayern Munich
19:45 Coaching in Norway
24:58 On getting sacked from Oxford
29:45 Coaching set-pieces
40:50 Emerging trends in football
48:02 Developing young players
What we do is really not rocket science... Football is about having a way of doing things that you stick to, and that you just develop and develop and develop. And eventually it yields.
Everything is cut into chunks of 5 minutes, and in those five minutes we only count how many final third entries did we get and how many final entries did they get.
So sooner in the future we are going to see a more balanced mix, we are going to see teams that are more difficult to beat each other, and everyone can beat each other, because there is a lot of people playing football... the pool is better, and coaches are working out all of the details.
I would always advise them [coaches] to always see the best in their players because we never know who makes it.
We are seeing more tactical awareness on blocking the space, because if you go against a team higher up the pitch you might leave yourself a lot of space in behind that they can use. So I start to see a trend on reshaping that space and not letting the opposition use that space against the pressing