Our players are generally learning from what they see current professionals do and the game has been criticised for players ‘diving’ and feigning injury.
I am trying to regularly use different ways of reviewing performance with my players. Sometimes I get them to do small workshops, or I have them discussing tactics on the tactics board, another method I use is to send them emails of our practices.
To encourage them to think about behaviours, I would consider getting them to watch this footage of Maradona. Unlike modern day defending, the tackles aimed at him were launched thick and fast. His balance and mental focus is something which I would look for my players to be inspired by.
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