“I play in central midfield and often give the ball away under pressure. How can I learn to stay calm in possession?”
Louie Booth, via Facebook
“You have to protect the ball. When I receive a pass with a man behind me, I control it with my sole and put my body weight on him, to push him back and keep possession. I use his body and mine to shield the ball.
Then I try to turn away from him, using my arms to spin either left or right. When I’m controlling the ball with my right foot, I use my left leg to block the opponent so that he can’t get to it. You can also use
your arms to hold him off.
Keeping cool under pressure isn’t just about being good technically. You also have to be a well-rounded athlete and an intelligent footballer.The gym is important, too. Work
on building power in your legs and abdominals. They’re crucial. I don’t go to the gym seven days a week, but I do try to do some work on
my abdominals every day.