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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 […]

David Luiz: Listen only to constructive criticism

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Gary Neville famously described David Luiz as playing as if ‘being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation’ during a defeat to Liverpool in 2011. The Chelsea and Brazilian centre-back reflects on this comment and explains to FourFourTwo who he uses criticism to improve his game. Listen to helpful advice “I prefer to give attention […]

Tim Cahill: Train hard, unwind hard

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Australia’s goal scoring hero, Tim Cahill, will be the first to say that he wasn’t born to be a professional.  It took a whole lot of hard work and determination. Timmy talks to FourFourTwo about how he has trained himself to the top of the game. Best the first to training “I always like to […]

David Luiz: Transitioning from defence to midfield

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The Chelsea and Brazilian ball playing defender is equally comfortable at the back or in midfield.  David Luiz talks to FourFourTwo about how the two roles are not that different anymore. Role changes as per teams system “[The role of defender] has definitely changed because football as a whole has changed as well. But at […]