Phil Jones gets beat

Weekly Review 23rd – 29th April 2012 [taking players on, attacking space? No problem.]

29 April 2012

Lampard UCL vs Barca

Barcelona vs Chelsea was one of the greatest games I watched in my life as a Chelsea fanatic. Everytime I see Torres score that final goal, I get all teary eyed. I honestly thought the game was over when we were 2-0 down. Such a special moment beating the best team in the world 2 – 0 in the second half with 10 men and Bosingwa and Ivanovic as centre backs. Just amazing and a game I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

I played 75 min in a match against last years league grand finalists today. We won 2-0! Yay! $150 pay day. Unfortunately no goals or assists.

I need to take more players on, I need to attack more! I’ve been telling myself this over and over, and so do my coaches. But something just blocks me mentally from doing it. By writing and thinking this through, the biggest thing which stops you from acting on something is fear.. and that’s my problem. What exactly do I have to fear? That’s what I ask myself. Why do I fear attacking with the ball and just feel like hanging onto it no more than 2 seconds, and what will I do to erase this fear completely? I need to do this. This is the biggest issue in my game, and solving it is so crucial in order to reach my goals.

Taking players on is something I’ve always tried to avoid. Even at school with mates, I would always avoid doing it as usually I would just get tackled because I’d be lazy and not take it seriously. We’d play at school almost everyday.. so that’s how that “losing the ball over and over again in games (even though it was only with mates) experience transferred to me onto the proper pitch and lead to me having no confidence in that role. So that’when I think of taking players on, I think of losing it and the consequences of it – people groaning, feeling bad for myself, embarrassed and ashamed that a skinny little kid just took the ball off me . It makes sense. Nowadays, my main fear of taking players on is the fear of groaning from my teammates, coaches, crowd, and being taken off the field in the first half of the game. It’s completely mental. Completely mental. It’s all in my mind, because when it comes down to it I am smart, quick on the ball and off the ball and a good dribbler. So what’s bad about groaning? Really. Coaches, teammates, coaches and crowd groan lots of times in a game, it’s not like their going to remember forever. It will disappear from their mind once their minds are caught up in the next opportunity presenting itself. Being subbed off? Is it really that bad? It may blow your confidence temporarily, but at the end of the day you’re just trying to do something positive for yourself and for the team. Who cares? At the end of the day, you’re the true expert on how good you are… it’s not anyone else’s job to decide that.

My mind is already clearing away the infected part of the brain that is telling me not to attack space and players with the ball.

So the solution.

1. I have to tell myself in the mirror, 10x everyday that “I can beat players”, “I can dribble”, “I’m faster and more technically skilled than my opponent”.
2. I have to try it in practice as much as I can. When I’m in the position to do so.. just do it.

So the words above I’m going to make sure is an important milestone in the development of my game when I look back.

I’m always looking at the one on one situations in game analysis. Getting defenders onto their back foot, and beating them onto their weak side.

Phil Jones gets beat Nani beating player

I also did my first yoga session on Saturday and wow it was harder than I thought it would be. It’s great for:
– great for flexibility
– great for agility
– great for balance
– strength in extended positions
– injury prevention
– oh and great for the mental side
So incorporating that into my training hours seems worthwhile. I will go at least 2 – 3 times per week and see what the results are after a few weeks or months even. I’m really hoping it will have a long-term effect on my game.
To keep up peak performance and improvement, I need to:
– Commit to doing mental training before every practice
– more by myself sessions
– day by day improvement
– aim to always get to training or Games, 30 min before scheduled time.
– if not feeling 100% fresh before a training or game, commit to drinking some coffee. Actually, before every club training and game this week, I will drink coffee to see if it enhances my performances. Which I think it will get me out of that sitting on the computer all day, working mood.
I’ve learnt how to keep stress-free(er) with football. Whenever a negative thought comes in, I just stop thinking about it and erase it from my train of thought. It’s difficult, but those mental training sessions by athletesaudio teaches how you can do “gap training” which basically means to block any thought in your mind and keep free of any thoughts, so that is what has helped me stop those thoughts. Now it’s just about conditioning myself so it becomes a habit.
Next Week
I basically haven’t had ONE day off either analyzing a game or training in at least the last three months. I had three hours of it left to do today, but I’m going to go crazy if I do and will demotivate me I feel. So I’m not going to do the remaining 3 hours for good reason and I’m not going to do anything with football tomorrow. It will be a football-free day to get my mind off football for at least 24 hours and reset. Time to go to sleep, goodnight!


  1. Jayden Maharaj says:

    Hey, when can we expect more recent weekly reflections? I really enjoy reading them!

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