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Im 5 foot 8 inhes tall,,, i regulary play centre half beside my team mate of 6' 4",,,, most coaches dont like putting me in my favored posistion of Centre half,, i often get pushed to full back,, which i do not mind as it gives me a free roll to push up the field. now most prople will say 5'8" is short ,, but as im smaller in height,, i put it down to timing,, upper body strength and speed that makes my aerial ability so strong,,, i regulary sore from set plays.... so if anybody out there that is playing in similar roles i would like to speak about it,,,
Sometimes if you have a good understanding with your centre back partner, having a shorter quicker player at centre back can be very effective when alongside a taller defender. If you have a good enough understanding with your partner, the taller of the two can always attack the ball and the quicker can drop off slightly, anticipating any knock downs and preventing the opposition getting through one on one. If you can develop this instinctive understanding then it can be a very effective tactic, especially when defending against a quick forward.....