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THE QUEEN OF FOOTBALL
THE QUEEN OF FOOTBALL
Alexia Putellas is the World's best football player after winning the 2021 Ballon d'Or and FIFA The Best awards. The FC Barcelona advanced midfielder combines excellent passing and shooting technique with an amazing understanding of the spaces and the game. In this analysis, we focus on how she uses her perception, first touch and selection of passes to win matches.
FC Barcelona Femení team won the treble last year - Liga Iberdrola, Copa de la Reina & UEFA Women's Champions League - playing some amazing football. Their star player, Alexia Putellas, dominated and continues to dominate matches from the Advanced Midfielder position. The first key of her offensive game is how she uses perception to know at all times where here direct opponents are, what is the ball situation and where are the free spaces. She always has a good body angle and turns her head constantly to scan the spaces around her.
Her good perception also allows her to have an amazing first touch. Not only she knows where the free space is but she also has excellent technique to use both legs to guide her first touch to that free space, always prioritizing progressing in the game. Her first touch is enhanced by her body angle before receiving the ball, plus her ability to turn around by using this first touch. This allows her to be facing the opponent's goal with advantage and decide whether to progress, shoot or pass with time.
Once she is in advantage, she is able to select the correct option, especially when it comes to passing the ball. She is able to understand the gaps in the opponent's defensive line and choose when to pass inside the gap in between defenders and when to pass outside of the gap. This allows to provide enormous advantage to her teammates, allowing them to finish in one-on-one situations, most of the times.
Finally, when she is in off-the-ball attacking situations, she is also able to read those gaps and imbalances in the defensive lines, attacking them in depth when her teammates have advantage, which provides the team with additional options and allows her to get in the box and receive the ball, ready to create chances either by shooting or by assisting one of her teammates.
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