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Sevilla defender #20 could have, should have, been sent off in third minute IMHO as he denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in penalty area and made no attempt to play the ball. Playing 10 on 11 for the rest of game would have changed the match.
Watched more and that #20, Diego Carlos, scored the winning goal on a bicycle kick that was officially on own goal as it was going slightly wide until Inter's Romelu Lukaku touched it. But don't think that Carlos should have still been on the field.
Agreed. I missed the early parts of the game, but with this decision, the CR certainly conveyed that the risk-reward balance was going to favor the defense this game. The volume of tactical fouls seems to be the logical result
Guys, did you see how Lukaku employed his left arm blocking the defender to the ball. This is a standard move Cruyff employed, but not only blocking the defender, he used as extra push from the defender to propel him further forwards...You don't have outrun but outsmart him...Notice when you have 2 kids going for the ball like that in an exercise they both tend to push against each other employing the shoulder while trying to outrun the other; they all do it from habit. I teach them to be the first one to take a diagonal step forwards in the other's path as you go for the ball. Two things happen, you will block his path as you win the ball. What could also happen that he will accidentally trip you from behind and be called for a foul while you caused it.A good exercise for that is to create lines with ball between them and pass the ball forwards and let them... You will see some will fall on their butts and what is also interesting is that some players have difficulty making a diagonal forward in front of the opponent.. I've noticed girls have problems with this drills more so...On the first goal by Seville, that was a standard Ajax play. The centerforward runs to the near post for the cross and heads it in. But look at how the De Jong (former Ajax) positions himself ,not in view of the goalie or his direct opponent. The defender has to position himself so he can see the ball and De Jong which he didn't do. It is so important to position yourself in a manner that the defender has to make a choice the ball or the man but not both.... I find it always strange how strikers outside of penalty area would make a run all the way to the sidelines to get a pass from the halfback and at the same time thinking he got away from his man the centerback. This is so wrong on the striker's part when all he had to do is to maneuver in a way that his centerback the opponent is forced to choose the man or the ball and usually they choose to ball watch which is just advantageous for the centerforward is out of view.....
My experience agrees with you on charging, as does my coaching. Making yourself "big" by using your elbows does nothing to strengthen your stance. Power comes from the lower body.Pushing just slows a player down. As long as the player charges (the diagonal step) safely while within playing distance of the ball, and doesn't push or hold, the ball will be won. Never in my life did I lose the ball to a charge. American football is great for teaching balance and how to shed a tackle. So are martial arts. I had the advantage of strength and size, but anyone can use the technique. I taught slight U10 girls how. Being smaller is actually an advantage (lower center of gravity and quicker limbs).
As far as the diagonal step going forwards towards in the other players lane is all you have to do. No need for arms or hands to block for your body basically shield the opponent's path to the ball.So often players think in beating the other to the ball will use their shoulders to lean and push each other while going to ball while at the same time trying to out pace or beat them in the spring.It has nothing to do with speed or strenght but gets to place the diagonall step forwards in the other guy's lane will win the ball...I remember a fat ,slower kid beat a faster player because he was to place that diagonal step. I made a point to them about speed or strenght has nothing to do with it.. When you teach especially the younger ones and the girls I have found they difficulty making a diagonal step forwards while running. And it is so simple but some have a difficulty with it , as if you're asking to do flip or tumble. Then one or two or more will catch on