“I struggle to make an impact because I’m small. How do you impose yourself against bigger, more physical players?”
Enrique Hernandez, via Twitter
Mathieu Valbuena says:
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“Compensate through mobility and technique. When I was younger I struggled because of my size, but over the years I’ve tried to turn it into an asset.
You have to trouble bigger, more physical players through clever movement. Get the ball, lay it off and take up good positions. There’s nothing more annoying than that for a big defender.
My body developed a lot later than my peers, but being small gives you speed over the first couple of yards and allows you to twist and turn away from opponents. That can be a real handful for bigger guys.
It would be harder for me to play against a defender the same size as me than a bigger defender now, because I’ve adapted.