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Fight for space

On a football pitch, you’re always fighting for space. What you need to do is move in different ways, so you can jink away from your opponent. For example, if your first run is to the back post, make your next run to the front. If you keep moving, switching between defenders and positions, you’ll eventually get free and have a chance to score. When I was at America Mineiro, Reinaldo, a Brazilian legend, told me to stand side on against a defender, rather than with my back to them, because this would enable me to pivot and create space.

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