Victor Valdes' guide to winning one-on-ones

Beat the striker by narrowing the angle and shrinking the goal, says Manchester United goalkeeper, Victor Valdes

Since Lev Yashin invented the idea of goalkeepers acting as a sweeper, custodians have tried many weird and wonderful ways of winning a one-on-one.

Peter Schmeichel put off strikers with a star jump. Fabien Barthez flung up an arm to distract Paulo Di Canio. Harald Schumacher kneed Patrick Battiston in the face.

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Some methods work, some don’t, some knock your opponent unconscious and dislodge teeth.

To help you find an effective technique that doesn’t involve grievous bodily harm, FFT joined Victor Valdes on the Barcelona training pitch to find out what tactics he uses for a one-on-one.

Hit play and watch Valdes’ exclusive training session.

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Also see:
Victor Valdes' guide to shot-stopping
Victor Valdes' guide to distribution
Victor Valdes' guide to collecting crosses
Victor Valdes' guide to handling

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