There’s no doubt speed is a devastating weapon, but for us mere Sunday League mortals who don’t have Gareth Bale’s horsepower we need to find another solution.
A lot can be learned from Arsenal’s master technician Mesut Ozil. What he lacks in speed, he makes up for in imagination and guile.
His ability to work space for a killer pass or a pinpoint shot with a flash of his mercurial feet can make all the difference.
Now, as much as we’d like to clone Ozil’s genes and pass them onto you – we can’t. But we can help you model your game on his skill set.
With the help Coerver Coaching co-founder Alfred Galustian (@coerveralf) we have come up with a drill that will challenge your ability to beat your man in tight spaces – without relying on a blistering burst of pace.
This means you could soon be bobbing, weaving and shimmying your way past the opposition - just like the German playmaker.
Click play and take another step towards Mesut-amorphosis (say that after a few post-match pints).
More after the break
For more football drills see:
How to play like Paul Pogba: Run the midfield
How to play like David Silva: Master the assist
How to play like Thomas Muller: Master your movement
How to play like Gareth Bale: Leave defenders for dead