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I often watch games on TV or live and see players choosing to do stuff which makes no sense to me. Feel free to add what makes you shake your head or rip other posters for their views. Please don't make this a Russell et al bashing thread though.

I will start off with CBs and CMs closing down potential shooters on the edge of the box by standing square in front of them so they can curl the ball around them into the corner. This is particularly odd when a right footed player is cutting in from the left or vice versa.

I was always taught to close down their stronger foot and if they do switch feet, whilst you have slightly less chance chance of blocking the shot at worst your keeper is trying to save a probably weaker shot whilst fully sighted,  

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Not leaving one man on the halfway line when defending a corner. You've no out, so a long clearance always comes back. And the other team always pull one back to mark, in case of a breakaway. 

I don't mind short corners as long as they follow the golden rule. Send a player to offer a short option. If the defending team send one player to counter this then take it short. If they send 2

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Echo short corners. Unless your a team full of midgets like the Barca side of 2010-14, set-pieces are pretty much 50-50 so in such situations you are on par with your opponents, no matter how superior they may be in other aspects of the game.

So when I see someone like West Ham taking a short corner against Man City, the mind just boggles. Why would they do that? 

When defenders needlessly back off when faced one vs one with a player with a lot of pace. It's just allowing the striker space and time to manoevre the ball. Pique does it a lot vs Ronaldo, and more often than not he ends up getting turned one way then another allowing Ronaldo a free shot. Close the space and the problem is solved!

I'm sure I will think of plenty more, but those two jump out at me.

 

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41 minutes ago, Alpha said:

Putting arms in the air to appeal for offside while chasing back to defend.

Short corners. 

I don't mind short corners as long as they follow the golden rule.

Send a player to offer a short option. If the defending team send one player to counter this then take it short. If they send 2 then take it long.  

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1 hour ago, Bris Vegas said:

Echo short corners. Unless your a team full of midgets like the Barca side of 2010-14, set-pieces are pretty much 50-50 so in such situations you are on par with your opponents, no matter how superior they may be in other aspects of the game.

So when I see someone like West Ham taking a short corner against Man City, the mind just boggles. Why would they do that? 

When defenders needlessly back off when faced one vs one with a player with a lot of pace. It's just allowing the striker space and time to manoevre the ball. Pique does it a lot vs Ronaldo, and more often than not he ends up getting turned one way then another allowing Ronaldo a free shot. Close the space and the problem is solved!

I'm sure I will think of plenty more, but those two jump out at me.

 

Corners are so rarely converted into goals it doesn't baffle me as much.

What's wrong with trying something different? Nobody has ever got corners 'right' really.

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Goal kicks where nigh on every player on the pitch stands on one side of it. I say 'nigh on every player' because there's always one player from the attacking team stood all alone on the opposite side of the pitch who'd be an easy out ball but who never, never ever, never ever ever gets given the ball!

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