Roberto Soldado: Master a deft touch

The skilful Villarreal sharpshooter tells you how to disable the opposition using close control

“My team-mates give me stick for taking too many touches up front and slowing the game down. How can I improve my one-touch skills?”
Graham Dobson, via email

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Roberto Soldado says:

"Playing with one touch is an innate part of my game. Luckily, every team I’ve played for has played a style of football that has suited my main strengths.

"You must always be looking for the ball – go and find it if it’s not coming to you. Having team-mates close by brings chances to play one-touch football around defenders, which is difficult for them.

"I’m always looking for space; for the best place for me to go to cause the defence the most harm.

"These movements are fundamental. I enjoy facing our first-choice back four in training; facing good defenders helps you find the sharpness you need in a game.

"The more you practise these movements in training, the more you anticipate the best moments to play with one touch and either keep the move going or shoot first time."

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