Master Control Like Pogba!

Master Control Like Pogba!

France and Man. United midfielder Paul Pogba is never afraid of receiving the ball in tight spaces! Here are some tips and tricks, plus an awesome drill to master your first touch like the superstar!

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TIP 1: RECEIVING THE BALL

Man. United’s ace midfield baller Paul Pogba is such a master of control! Sneak a look for space, team-mates and opponents before you receive the ball – just like the France hero does – so you know where to direct your first touch to create maximum time and space!

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TIP 2: PASSING THE BALL

The French midfield powerhouse passes with an amazing pinpoint precision whenever he tries to find a team-mate. To pass like Pogba, make sure you look up at your target before you make the pass – that’ll improve your accuracy!

TRAINING GROUND

Now practise this ace drill by watching the video above!

STEP 1

Player 1 rolls the ball with the sole of one foot and passes the ball against the wall with the other foot.

STEP 2

Player 1 now sprints around either of the two back discs.

STEP 3

Player 2 controls the ball with the sole of one foot and passes against the wall with the other foot.

STEP 4

Player 2 now sprints around either of the two back discs. Player 1 repeats and the sequence continues!

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Extreme Agility Like Lingard!

Extreme Agility Like Lingard!

England hero Jesse Lingard has been in flying form at the World Cup! Here are some tips and tricks, plus an awesome drill to master extreme agility like the Man. United superstar!

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TIP 1: BALL MASTERY

Awesome England and Man. United superstar Jesse Lingard is ace at weaving his way past any defender! To skin your man like JLingz, keep the ball close, have soft knees and sneak a look so you can dance past oncoming opponents at will!

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TIP 2: AGILITY

The England hero is wicked at creating space for himself and his Three Lions team-mates. Stay light on the balls of your feet so you can lose your marker in a flash! You can check out Lingard doing this against Belgium this week!

TRAINING GROUND

Now practise this ace drill by watching the video above!

STEP 1

Start on the left side, perform sole dribble cuts through the flat discs, stop the ball and turn right at the last disc.

STEP 2

Now, sprint around the pop-up cone, and weave in and out of the flat discs until you get back to the ball.

STEP 3

Perform sole dribble cuts back through the flat discs, stop the ball and turn right at the last disc.

STEP 4

Now, sprint around the pop-up cone, and weave in and out of the flat discs until you get back to the ball.

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Unlock Agility Like Firmino!

Unlock Agility Like Firmino!

Liverpool hero Roberto Firmino has become one of the best forwards on the planet! Here are some tips and tricks, plus a sick drill to boost agility - just like Firmino does!

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TIP 1: AGILITY WITH THE BALL

Awesome Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is an expert at twisting and turning his way past any opponent! To own defenders like the Samba king, keep the ball close using your furthest foot from the defender and use your upper body for protection. Also, have soft knees so you can change direction really quickly!

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TIP 2: 1 V 1

When the Brazilian magician wants to create space to run, pass or shoot, he takes a diagonal touch away from the direction he wants to move into. This makes the defender move across to block him, before Bobby busts out the Pull Spin move to burn away into the space! Watch out for him doing this in the CL final!

TRAINING GROUND

Now practise this ace drill by watching the video above!

STEP 1

Perform the Pull Push Ball Mastery skill with 10 touches.

STEP 2

Travel with the ball using your left foot around the first cone turning left.

STEP 3

Continue travelling with the ball using your left foot around the remaining two cones turning right.

STEP 4

Now, perform a Pull Spin 1 v 1 Move, using your right foot to pull and your left foot to spin, then finish into the target goal with your right foot.

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Roberto Firmino wears the adidas® NEMEZIZ 17+ 360 Agility boots. Unreal agility for the Game Changer. Find out more at www.adidas.co.uk/nemeziz

Strike Like Salah!

Strike Like Salah!

Liverpool hero Mohamed Salah has been absolutely tearing it up this season! Here are some tips and tricks, plus a sick drill to create space to get a shot away – just like the Egypt hero!

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TIP 1: CREATING SPACE

The Liverpool attacker is an absolute master at creating space to shoot in a packed penalty box! To do this like Mohamed Salah, use your touch direction to move opponents away from the space you want to move into, then bust out the Inside Chop to move into the space you’ve created!

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TIP 2: BALL STRIKING

Look up at the goal before you shoot, so you know where the goalkeeper is positioned and the corner you want to shoot into. Now zoom in on the ball, strike it using your furthest foot from the defender and smash the ball into the corner – just like the lethal Egyptian maestro does!

TRAINING GROUND

Now practise the inside chop by watching the video above!

STEP 1

Touch the ball diagonally forwards with the outside of your right foot.

STEP 2

Now, fake to shoot with your right foot and cut the ball back with the inside of the same foot.

STEP 3

Repeat steps one and two with your left foot. Continue the sequence using both feet alternately.

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Mo Salah wears the adidas X17+ PURESPEED Deadly Strike pack, designed to ignite the game. Find out more at www.adidas.co.uk/x

Battle Of The No.9s!

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BATTLE OF THE NO.9s!

El Clasico rivals Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez are two of the top strikers on the planet! Here's some tips and tricks, plus a sick drill to improve your finishing – just like the La Liga heroes!

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TIP 1: REACTION SPEED

Goal grabbers Suarez and Benzema have rapid reaction speeds, which helps them rip so many nets! To be a goal king like them, you’ll need to concentrate at all times so you can react and really take advantage of any goal chance!

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TIP 2: BALL STRIKING

When attempting to shoot, look up at the goal before you strike the ball for accuracy, and try to aim for the corners like the lethal Barcelona and Real Madrid strikers do so well! Now focus on the ball and strike through with your furthest foot from the defender for maximum protection!

TRAINING GROUND

Now practise doing this shooting drill by watching the video above!

STEP 1

Two players are needed for this drill. The attacker and defender pass the ball to each other with their right foot, playing a maximum of six passes in total.

STEP 2

At any point during the six passes, the defender must turn quickly and sprint through the left gate. The attacker reacts by directing the ball with their right foot through the right gate.

STEP 3

The attacker now looks to shoot at goal under full pressure from the defender, who tries to block the shot or tackle the attacker and counter-attack. Next, repeat the above steps on the opposite side

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Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez both wear the adidas® X 17+ Purespeed. Explosive quickness for the speed demon.

Master Control Like Dele

MASTER CONTROL LIKE DELE

Tottenham and England baller Dele Alli's first touch is from another planet! Here's some tips and tricks, plus an awesome drill to improve your control – just like the mind-blowing CAM!

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TIP 1: FIRST TOUCH DIRECTION
 

Dele is one of the planet’s best midfielders because he’s a master of control! To control the ball like the Spurs man, just as your foot makes contact with the ball, have your hips and shoulders face the direction you want your first touch to travel in!

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TIP 2: FIRST TOUCH SPEED
 

One of the reasons why Dele is so good, is he’s quality at controlling the ball on the move. Go and meet the ball, like the Tottenham and England star does, before turning on the afterburners and leaving your opponent choking on dust!

TRAINING GROUND

Now practise doing this control drill – 'Ball & Wall' –  by watching the video above!

STEP 1

Pass the ball against the wall with your right foot and move backwards. Open your body to the left, then meet the ball with your left foot.

STEP 2

Direct your first touch diagonally to your left through the cone gate using the inside of your left foot. Pass the ball against the wall with your left foot, then move backwards.

STEP 3

Open your body to the right and meet the ball with your right foot. Direct your first touch diagonally to your right through the cone gate using the inside of your right foot. Then repeat the above steps.


Speed Like Bale

SPEED LIKE BALE

Real Madrid and Wales superstar Gareth Bale is one of the fastest players on the planet! Here's some tips and tricks, plus an awesome drill to make the most of your pace – just like the lightning-fast forward!

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TIP 1: SPEED WITH THE BALL
 

When running with the ball, use the laces part of your foot as you travel for maximum speed – just like the Real Madrid legend. Work on the Pull Push ball mastery skill within the drill video to perfect your technique!

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TIP 2: 1 v 1 MOVE
 

When the Welsh wing wizard doesn’t have space to run and is blocked by an opponent in front or to the side, he busts out the Chop 1 v 1 Move to create space to run, pass or shoot. Work on the Chop Move within the drill video to dominate your opponent 1 v 1!

TRAINING GROUND

Now practise doing this speed drill by watching the video above!

STEP 1 – Perform the Pull Push ball mastery (10 x Touches)
STEP 2 – Stop the ball and sprint to Cone 1
STEP 3 – Turn left then sprint to Cone 2
STEP 4 – Travel with the ball to Cone 3
STEP 5 – Dribble around Cone 3 & then Cone 4
STEP 6 – Travel into the centre of the grid
STEP 7 – Perform a 1 v 1 Chop Move and accelerate out of the grid

The Pull Spin Step-Over

THE PULL SPIN STEP-OVER

The Pull Spin Step-Over 1 v 1 move is perfect for shielding the ball from an opponent who’s closing you down from the side or in front. Liverpool's Roberto Firmino uses it when he’s leading the line for the Premier League giants. Learn how to do it below...

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MATCH ACADEMY TIP!
 

When performing these sick moves, make sure to sneak a look so you can see team-mates, opponents and space. Use your upper body and furthest foot from your opponent to protect the ball when accelerating away, passing or shooting too!

BALL MASTERY – PULL SPIN 360
 

  1. Push the ball forward with your left foot, now reach with your right foot and pull the ball back.

  2. Spin around to your left, at the same time pull the ball back with your left foot.

  3. Now repeat, moving 360 degrees around your space.

    Start slowly and gradually speed up, making sure you have eyes-up while on the move and work both feet equally

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – PULL SPIN
 

  1. Push the ball forward with your left foot, reach with your right foot and pull the ball back.

  2. Spin around to your left, pulling the ball back with your left foot.

  3. Accelerate away with your right foot!

    Make sure to work both feet equally!

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – PULL SPIN STEP-OVER
 

  1. Push the ball forward with your left foot, reach with your right foot and pull the ball back.

  2. Spin around to your left, pulling the ball back with your left foot.

  3. Step-over the ball with your right foot, spin right with the outside of the same foot, accelerate away with your left foot.

    Make sure to work both feet equally!

The U-Turn Step-Over

THE U-TURN STEP-OVER

Portugal and Man. City baller Bernardo Silva uses this top-quality 1 v 1 move all the time when he’s trying to shield the ball from an opponent that’s to the side or in front of him. It helps him retain possession when he’s being closely marked! You can learn how to do it below...

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MATCH ACADEMY TIP!
 

When performing the step-over part of the U-Turn Step-Over, make sure to sell the dummy to the defender by making it look like you’re going to perform a fast touch away from yourself. This will make the defender speed up while you change direction and leave them choking on your dust!

BALL MASTERY – FANCY TOE TAPS
 

  1. Tap the top of the ball with the sole of your left foot, repeat using the sole of your right foot.

  2. Bring your left foot to the right side of the ball. Reach behind your standing leg with your right foot and tap the ball.

  3. Repeat the action, working both feet equally, start slowly and gradually speed up making sure to have eyes-up while performing the skill.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – U-TURN
 

  1. Take a touch forward with your left foot.

  2. Now use the ball part of your right foot on top of the ball to change direction.

  3. Accelerate away with your right foot!

    Make sure to work both feet equally!

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – U-TURN STEP-OVER
 

  1. Take a touch forward with your left foot.

  2. Now use the ball part of your right foot on top of the ball to change direction.

  3. Use the same foot to step-over the ball and touch away, accelerate away with your left foot.

    Make sure to work both feet equally!

Dribble Cuts

DRIBBLE CUTS

Dribbling is one of the best ways to beat your man, and Leicester and England wonderkid Demarai Gray is a top talent at busting out mazy runs with the ball! Here’s an epic ball mastery skill to help you become a demon dribbler like him!

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MATCH ACADEMY TIP!
 

Have soft knees and keep your body over the top of the ball for balance. Sneak a look in front and to the side as you move forward with the ball to see opponents, team-mates and space. Try challenging yourself, too – count how many touches you can make in ten seconds and try to beat your score each time!

BALL MASTERY – DRIBBLE CUTS
 

  1. Tap the ball with the outside of your right foot, then cut the ball back with the inside of the same foot.

  2. Tap the ball with the outside of your left foot, then cut the ball back with the inside of the same foot.

  3. Repeat the sequence, start slowly then gradually build up speed.