Petr Čech has helped Chelsea FC to the verge of the last 16 and one of the great goalkeepers of recent years offers some tips on how to train to be a top No1.
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• You need plenty of practice to get to the top, but it can be fun.
• Great reflexes are a must – start by standing with your back to your coach and then, on command, turn around and make a save. This will improve your reactions and speed up your feet.
• When the ball is kicked, stay alert, keep your head steady and focus your eyes on the ball.
• Distributing the ball accurately and quickly to team-mates can help your side score a goal.
• Begin by rolling the ball out at another ball, with enough speed so your colleague can collect it comfortably.
• Use an overarm throw for longer distances.
Čech says ...
"Goalkeeping is all about stopping goals – some say it is the most important position on the pitch."
Next step ... Packie Bonner's control and distribution drill