|Who’s the best central defender in the world right now? It might just Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk, pictured above. What types of training drills do central defenders like Van Dijk need to work on to improve their game. Much like outside backs, central defenders have to work on heading, and ball control, but the crucial thing for players in the middle to work on distribution out of the back.
Many times the tandem in the middle, whether it’s Rio and Vidic over at Manchester United or Pique and Puyol over at Barcelona, have more time on the soccer ball than some of the midfielders. They become key parts of the possession game and distributers of the ball. They need to have good vision and read the game well – their soccer IQ has to be high.
Not only are the center backs the last defenders, who have to make goal saving tackles and clears, but they have to over support to the midfielders and pick out forwards when they make diagonal runs.
Coerver Ball Work
Emulate a Great Player or Center Back Tandem
Extra: For all soccer players, develop a few favored moves, shots, passes, crosses, and skills. Perfect those two or three skills. Make them yours. This could be a step over, bending the ball, a powerful shot, develop some skills that set you apart from other players, no matter what position you play.
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