Become a more composed defender

by | Aug 17, 2016 | All, trending | 0 comments

Rio Ferdinand teaches you how to remain composed in defence.

COMPOSURE IS KEY

“I played in midfield so going back into defence, I was always relaxed on the ball. If you show panic when the ball comes to you, that panics your team-mates. It’s good to stay calm and just pass the ball to a player on your team. Body language goes a long way. If you can make people around you feel more confident and relaxed, then your team has got a better chance of winning.”

AWARENESS OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

“When the ball comes to you, you’ve got to have a picture in your head of what’s around you. You have to know where players are on the pitch – not just because that’s the way the team plays, but if the ball comes to you and you haven’t got an idea of where your midfielders, full-backs or forwards are, then where are you going to pass it? When the ball comes to me, I like to know in my head where the next pass is going to be. Someone like Scholesy probably knows a couple of passes ahead of everyone else.”

PLAY SMART – ADAPT YOUR GAME TO THE TYPE OF STRIKER YOU’RE FACING

“If you’re playing against a really quick, skilfull player, make sure you’re within touching distance on his first touch. If you let him get into his stride and start running at you, you’re in trouble with someone like that. On the other hand, you get a physical striker who loves contact. So try to do different things to get him off his game that he’s not used to. People that are big and physical are not as good if they haven’t got contact with you – if they can’t back into you they don’t know where you are. Try to keep them guessing.”

BE CONFIDENT TO PLAY OUT

“When there’s a ball over the top and you’re chasing it down facing your own goal, you’ve got to work out where their player who is applying the pressure is. If he’s goalkeeper-side, sometimes I feint to play it to the keeper and he’ll take a step or two towards the keeper, which gives me another yard when I come back the other way. Then I’ve got an extra second on the ball to pick out a pass. The person who is chasing me makes my mind up as to where I’m going to play the ball.”