@LFC. to open up a packed defence, blast the ball, at waist height, along the edge of the goal area

Ray Clemence once said that any ball from outside the goal area was his.

In these days of less balls that more nearly resemble balloons, that statement, suggesting that a good Goalie should be able to stop such shots on goal, is falsified.

However, it still has some merit.

It has enough merit to warn football heroes that most of them won’t score with a Stevie G. style volley.

Even Stevie’s shots aren’t always on target, or defeat the Goalie.

The modern ball must be hit on the sweet spot and in still air.

It must not have any spin, before it is hit.

The Goalie needs to be unsighted, by an intervening player, blinded by an involuntary blink, or tricked by a deflection.

Most goals, nowadays, are achieved from close in.

Such goals come from a header, which few players seem able to deliver non target, except by accident, or from a goal mouth scramble.

Very rarely do players such as Fernando Torres get given a wide open defence that allows them to skilfully work their way to goal, before “nutmeg”-ing the Goalie.

Balls are mostly delivered from the wings, in the hope that the Goalie can’t reach higher than an attacking player can jump. Check the goals that are awarded against teams that pack their defence.

Defences that are rarely broken down by clever players (Chelsea and Man.City style players).

They are broken by players, who react quickly to rebounds and fumbles.

The best way to assist such attacks is by low (waist-high) shots across the outer edge of the box.

Such shots are too far for the Goalie to reach in a packed goal area and too close for him to react to, when re-directed on goal. They are too high for a volley and too low for a header, or the Goalie’s hands.

Contact will most likely be on hips and thighs, deflecting in almost random patterns, as on a pinball machine.

As on a pinball machine, attackers should form a guide wall that will tend to cause deflection and re-deflection to guide the ball goalwards and block goal-line clearances.

Just one, deliberately fluked goal, of this nature, is often enough to open up such defences and force the opposition to be more open to subsequent attacks.


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