EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

How to stop the opposition’s best player

It’s important when playing against a player that scores a lot of goals that you stop the space. If you’re playing against somebody that hits the goal from all areas of the attacking third, you’ve got to get really tight.

Chelsea v Arsenal

Cesc Fabregas and Alexandre Lacazette go 1v1

The trick is to arrive when he receives the ball so that he hasn’t got time to run at you and get into the space behind. Close him down early and don’t give him a chance to build up momentum, because once a player knows he has the beating of you, you’re in for a hard time.

My favourite sessions for stopping players that score lots of goals start with these 8 TIPS FOR STOPPING HARRY KANE

You need good individual defending to stop the attackers before they get near the goal. These are two excellent ways to practice:

WIN THE 1V1S IN MIDFIELD

WARM UP : 1V1 AROUND THE CLOCK

And if your outfield players are struggling make sure you have a goalkeeper who can save the day with this session

GOALKEEPER 1V1 AGAINST A STRIKER

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