Апрель 2008

Here are the 5 important steps to beating a player in soccer, brought to you by paul walmsley at let’s talk soccer: 1

5 steps to beating a player in soccer

Here are the 5 important steps to beating a player in soccer, brought to you by Paul Walmsley at Let’s Talk Soccer:


As the player with the ball approaches the defender, he needs to look for the space he wants to exploit. Remember to dribble with the head up. Then the player attacks the defender with such an angle of approach away from the desired space so that he makes the desired space even bigger.

For example, if the player is going down the right wing and wants to go past the defender on the outside, he should approach the defender at a diagonal away from the touch line so that he makes the space between the defender and the touchline even bigger. This will also put the defender on their weaker foot as well.


The player with the ball should not run at the defender at top speed because this will make controlling the ball more difficult and there will be no opportunity to accelerate away from the defender.

Instead approach the defender at roughly 75% speed, fast enough to put the defender under pressure and fast enough to stop his teammates regrouping, but the player needs to have some extra speed available once he has beaten the defender with a move so that he can accelerate away.


Too many young players want to learn every possible move and want to show them off in a game whether they are needed or not.

Instead the player should perfect a couple of moves they can use with both feet and can use to go both inside and outside of the defender.


The whole reason for dribbling and producing a move is to create space past the defender that can be exploited.

Remember once the move has been completed, the player must immediately move the ball into the space created and accelerate away into the desired space. Do not give the defender time to recover.


The idea beating a player is to produce an end product such as a shot, a pass or run with the ball and keep possession Many players beat a player successfully then don’t produce, instead they end up having to beat the player again.

Remember, beat the player and go for a quick and accurate shot, if that is not on, play a quick and accurate pass, if that is not on, run with the ball creating space and time and wait to produce either a shot or a pass.

Have players practice these important steps so that they come naturally, can be carried out with the head up and that when the player receives the ball, he is confident and wants to take on the defender. Visit Let’s Talk Soccer.

Can chelsea do it

Can Chelsea do it?

The record for the longest 100% start to a season is currently held by Reading who racked 13 consecutive wins at the start of the 1985/6 season with wins over Blackpool (1-0), Plymouth (1-0), Bristol Rovers (3-2), Cardiff (3-1), Walsall (2-1), Rotherham (2-1), Brentford (2-1), Swansea (2-0), Doncaster (1-0), Chesterfield (4-2), Bolton (1-0), Newport (2-0) and Lincoln (1-0) which led them to winning the old Division 3 title.

This year Chelsea have made a great start with wins over Hull (2-1), Sunderland (3-1), Fulham (2-0), Burnley (3-0), Stoke (2-1) and Tottenham (3-0) to sit proudly at the top of the Premier League table, but can they take the record?

In order to take the record away from Reading, Chelsea will need to win their next eight games, do they have a chance? I’m not so sure…

First up is a trip to Wigan, which I dont think will cause to many problems, but then there are tricky games against Liverpool (home) and Aston Villa (away). After these, (probable) wins against Blackburn and Bolton, lead in to a vital, possible title deciding home game against reigning champions Manchester United.
Should they get through that with their 100% record intact, a home pairing against Wolves should see the Blues match the record in front of their own fans.

And then there’s the big one…..

Would Carlo Ancelloti be able to gee up his players enough to outfox Arsenal at the Emirates stadium to take the record?
I think a certain Monsieur Wenger may have something to say about that…

Here’s how I see it unfolding:

Wigan 0 Chelsea 2
Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1
Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 1
Chelsea 3 Blackburn 0
Bolton 0 Chelsea 2
Chelsea 3 Manchester United 2
Chelsea 2 Wolves 0
Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1

In short, I think that the Blues will match the record but not beat it, but if you want to get some Chelsea souvenirs to celebrate (possibly) equalling the record anyway, visit www.footballbits.co.uk for a huge range of officially licenced souvenirs and gifts.

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