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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 […]

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 […]

Billy Slater: How to excel as an NRL fullback

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Being an elite-level fullback in the toughest rugby league competition in the world, the NRL is about much more than running fast, catching bombs and hanging off the end of backlines for those glory tries. One man who would know is Melbourne Storm, Queensland Maroons and Australian Kangaroos’ number-one, Billy Slater. The 34-year-old possible future […]

Off-Season Tips : Raise the bar next season

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Whether you’ve lifted the title, picked up the wooden spoon or ended the season muddled in mid-table, make sure you start the next campaign on the front foot using this handy guide, as FourFourTwo speaks to some key football experts. Champions Don’t spend the summer basking in your success, set new targets and aim to […]

Phil Jones: How to defend against counter-attacks

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Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones gives FourFourTwo a few tips on some attacking scenarios, including the commonly deployed counter-attack style against Manchester United. Teams often play counter-attacking football against Manchester United. What do you do when you’ve been caught on the break and you’re the last man in a two-on-one situation? “I would […]