Turn, shoot, score – every time

Back to goal? No problem. Beat the defender and goalkeeper like Zlatan with this drill from Edu Rubio, MK Dons’ head of academy coaching

THE SETUP
Place a mannequin 10-15 yards from the D, next to the receiver (aka ‘Zlatan’ – hair bun optional), with a defender five yards away on both sides. Three passers stand 20 yards deeper, at different angles to the receiver. Mark out a rectangular box around the D, slightly wider than the six-yard box.

THE DRILL
‘Zlatan’ receives the 20-yard pass and turns to beat the mannequin, using only two touches, before shooting from inside the marked-out box. As soon he touches the ball, one of the two defenders tries to stop him scoring. Each ‘Zlatan’ gets nine attempts, three from each passer – see who scores most. Goals count only if the shot came from inside the box with no more than two touches taken in beating the mannequin.
 
HOW THIS HELPS
The drill works a player’s first touch, close control, shooting accuracy and strength in holding off a defender.
 

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This drill was designed by Edu Rubio, MK Dons’ head of academy coaching. Follow @CoachEduRubio

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