First of all, it is necessary to clarify that training based on the following opponent is something that should only be done in teams with players who are in the performance stage or in high performance (and should never be done in teams who are in the initiation or specialization stage). Secondly, training based on the opponent does not mean that every week something completely different should be trained. It means to make small adaptations to those aspects of our collective and individual game plan that will help our team counter the other team’s strengths or take advantage of their weaknesses.
In our opinion, there are two scenarios where you could train your team based on the opponent. The first one is to be coaching a team that dominates the game model both individually and collectively. In order to know if you are in that situation, you need to evaluate your players’ behaviors during the matches using performance indicators. This means to have a series of objective criteria that will allow you to determine, for example, if a defensive transition has been executed correctly or if a player has correctly defended the space behind them. The evaluation of players’ behavior needs to done after weeks of months of being trained. If we proceed this way, allowing a period of time between training a concept and evaluating it on the pitch, probably you will realize that only a certain percentage of content have been learned consistently over the time. Therefore, only those conducts are the ones you can try to adapt based on the opponent.