I am sure that there are some people who have read this blog, or heard me talk, or been in my gym who think that I hate all defensive actions with the feet. Those people are misguided. I have no issues at all with players using their feet to play the ball. I do however have issues with players not being ready to play the ball and using their feet to mask their laziness. I have an issue with coaches who don’t recognise those actions for what they are and let their players get away with it. And I have issues with people who highlight that laziness as something all players should aspire to.
Sometimes, just sometimes, using the feet to play the ball is the required action. And sometimes those players are rewarded.
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