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Right footed Joe Cole scores with his left

If you can get your players used to playing with both feet, even though they cannot get power with both feet, when it comes to reaction shots close to goal they will be able to direct the ball on target with either foot.

How often have you seen your players go into contorted angles to try and wrap one of their feet around the ball only to see it dragged wide with the goal at their mercy?

In these cases a simple deflection can make all the difference. So when you practice this don’t worry if they cannot strike the ball with any pace, if they can use both feet to direct the ball that can be the difference between winning or losing.

Watch this clip of right footed Joe Cole, the Chelsea midfielder, directing a hard cross with his left foot to score against Manchester United for an important 1-0 victory which basically won them the Premier League title.

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