The way you train is the way you play
I'm sure you have all heard this statement before from previous coaches in your playing career. However, in my opinion this isn't necessarily true. I believe that all players are different and some are able to switch onto a new level in their heads on match day that they just can't at training. We all have a different approach to training and there isn't one set in stone way to go about this. BUT, and there's always a but, the best of the very best all have one thing in common, they have a disciplined approach to training.
If your desire is to truly make it as a professional footballer or become the best in your team, at a certain point it will never be achievable without a productive approach to training. The very best treat every opportunity they get to work on their skill levels as extremely important. It's almost a scarcity approach to training where they treat it like a rare opportunity to improve.
The other thing the very best do is that they are not satisfied with mediocrity or just going through the motions at training. They aim to complete every drill intensely with extreme focus on performing each skill to perfection. They strive for perfection in even the most mundane of practices and this is what causes them to stand out.
Now, this clearly isn't for everybody. Some players do still have extraordinary ability and are able to go to a whole new level on match day. However, if you want to give yourself the best opportunity to make it as a professional, then you have to use the same approach to training that the very best players do.
Thanks for reading,