A few players in world soccer who are blowing up. Here’s a short list:
Confidence is such a big part of anything you do, and for some reason, sometimes things just all come together and you’re off and running and playing well. You can’t be stopped.
The first goal comes and you get a surge of confidence. The next week you’re more willing to take a player on and that leads to another goal. Then you try that first time volley and it goes in. Your first touch is exquisite. Then you try that move and the defender falls down. The game is alive; everybody else is in slow motion. You see things so clearly.
What causes this: New girlfriend? New team? New soccer cleats? New surroundings? A coach who just gets the most out of them?
Why does it happen? Does all the hard work finally pay off? What clicks to make a player not just play well but play like they’re in the zone?
Clint Dempsey of Fulham
Pedrito of Barcelona
Carlos Tevez at Manchester City
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United
Aaron Lennon of Tottenham Hotspurs
Gabriel Obertan of Manchester United
Donvoan of the LA Galaxy & Everton
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