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 ball than some of the midfielders.
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 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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