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Philippe Coutinho: More on unlocking defences

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Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho talks to FourFourTwo about his dribbling technique and the secret to unlocking defences. How did you go about developing a sharp football brain? “I think this comes from the intensity at which we train, but also the work we do with our physical trainer. We do a lot of […]

Xabi Alonso: Master control and space

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The Spanish master, Alonso discusses adapting his style to players around him.  FourFourTwo also asks the impossible questions of narrowing down his favourite ball of all time Did you have change your passing style for different team-mates? “Yes. It’s crucial for me to know to who I am passing to. Some players want the ball […]

Philippe Coutinho: Unlocking Defences

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Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho talks to FourFourTwo about his dribbling technique and the secret to unlocking defences. You’re pretty nifty at beating defenders, so tell us: how do you do it? “I always try to be quick in possession, whether that’s running with the ball, playing a quick pass or trying a trick. […]

Xabi Alonso’s passing masterclass

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A glorious career across Europe and one of the coolest men in football!  The Spanish pass-master discusses the art of passing and the satisfaction of hitting that perfectly hit ball to a teammate.  Xabi takes FourFourTwo through some of the players that he learnt from and those that inspire him today. Which of the game’s […]

Phil Jones: “I’ll kick him harder!”

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The Manchester United and England centre-back, Phil Jones, gives FourFourTwo some tips on handling tricky opponents and marking inter-changing forwards. The opposition’s winger is charging in from the wing and you’re on your own against two of their strikers in the box. What do you do? “If there were two strikers in the box, I […]

Mourinho’s coaching secrets – Coaches

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Gwynn Williams was director of football at Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge of the club and observed the unique style that Mou took with his coaching staff.  Williams spoke to FourFourTwo and shed some light on the Manchester United manager.  Attention to detail On his first day at Chelsea, he ordered everyone […]

Mourinho’s coaching secrets – Players

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Jose Mourinho’s is renowned for getting the best out of players.  Whether it is plucking out a talent from obscurity or putting his faith in an older player.  Gwynn Williams was director of football at Chelsea during first spell in charge of the club – he talks to FourFourTwo and reveals the secrets to Mourinho’s […]

Romelu Lukaku: Shrug off your marker

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Master the art of close-quarter combat with expert advice from Manchester United’s powerhouse striker, Romelu Lukaku.  The Belgian international talks to FourFourTwo about how he plays against aggressive defender and play smart when receiving the ball with back to goal. Relish the challenge “I don’t mind if a defender gets tight or gives me space […]

Phil Jones: “I’d happily take the red card”

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The Manchester United and England defender, Phil Jones gives amateur defenders a few tips on when a striker is through on goal. The Premier League centre-back talks to FourFourTwo You’re trying to get back to stop a striker from getting through on goal – what do you do? “It depends on the game situation. If […]