During the season it is difficult to keep a team at high performance levels for a long time. The accumulated fatigue from the games, the constant travels, the training and psychological pressure from achieving specific team objectives have an impact on their course. By continuously monitoring the overall performance of the players (fitness / technique / tactics / psychological parameters) can be diagnosed decline elements. At this point it would be wise to discharge the players helping them to "rest / refresh" and continue their upward performance trend over time.
Zoom out and see the overall picture of the season and not just the upcoming match to select the training contents of your micro cycle.
Choose carefully when ... and design restoration microcycles with short and not so intensive workouts using pleasant drills and without the use of psychological pressure during workouts.
In Figure 1 an example of a design where the 5th and the 10th week i created restoration microcycles in a first National Division team where eventually surpassed expectations and won a ticket in the Europa League.