But Gerard Pique is an exception to the rule. And he’s a defender.
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Barcelona’s stylish defender looks every bit an agent of tiki-taka when he glides out of defence with the ball at his feet and joins the La Roja attack.
However, his technical ability should not detract away from his defensive strengths. Physically imposing, intelligent and deceptively quick, Pique is an accomplished sentry.
If England wants to produce more Pique prototypes – a hybrid of defensive grit and technical skill - there needs to be a shift in mentality. FFT and Coerver Coaching teamed up to lead this charge.
Using Pique’s game as a model, Coerver Coaching’s co-founder, Alf Galustian devised five drills to turn you into a ball-playing centre back.
All you have to do is download them for FREE and hit the training ground.