The official website for European football

Lagerbäck on stopping playmakers

Published: Friday 16 April 2010, 0.56CET
How do you repel the threat of a gifted player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
Lagerbäck on stopping playmakers
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF) ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 16 April 2010, 0.56CET

Lagerbäck on stopping playmakers

How do you repel the threat of a gifted player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

With a player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in your ranks, the route to goal is always easier. But what if you find yourselves facing a supremely gifted creative midfielder like that? Lars Lagerbäck examines the importance of a holding midfielder and good old-fashioned hard work.

Last updated: 16/02/17 9.34CET

Related information

Coach profiles
Member associations

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.org/news/newsid=519173.html#lagerback+stopping+playmakers

UEFA.com features

Women's EURO referees - the tournament's 17th team
  • Women's EURO referees - the tournament's 17th team
  • Social Responsibility partners get together
  • Guidelines for trials at U21 EURO in Poland
  • UEFA introduces new club competition players’ awards
  • Boom time for futsal - UEFA Direct 168 out now
  • Football for All in Cardiff
  • Aleksander Čeferin – building a bright future for women's football
  • UEFA launches Together #WePlayStrong
  • Comprehensive bidding regulations approved for all finals and final tournaments
  • 'This is Welsh Football'
1 of 10