Have you ever read “Make it Stick” by Peter C. Brown? It is a great book about successful learning methods.
One of the techniques suggested in it is to compare different cases whenever you are studying a subject.
I am applying the same idea to my research about Xabi Alonso. I am looking at videos of other deep-lying playmakers.
Today I made a video about the man who replaced him at Real Madrid, Toni Kroos.
I have noticed some similarities between the movement of the two players:
Both are proactive: They move away from the defenders, they alread make space for themselves when their team mates have the ball.
Neither of them wait for the ball standing still: Both are slightly jumping up and down in one place, ready to move quickly if needed.
Both use the energy of the pass: Both prefer to move around the ball, let it roll on the deck instead of taking touches.
Both use their hands: in order to stay balanced and generate power for the pass.
Both lower their bodies: It is easier to generate momentum for a turn or a pass from a lower position.
What other similarities can you see? What are the differences between the two?
You can find the previous two videos on Xabi Alonso here and here.