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Man City’s Kompany explains how to defend against Messi and Zlatan

Preparation

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has lifted the lid on defending against the best forwards in football such as Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Belgian has long been regarded as one of the best in Europe but has struggled with injury in recent years.

Though, he has come up against some of the best in football during his career and he has even come out on top a number of times.

Even still, it’s not easy coming up against players such as Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Kompany will tell you.

Speaking in a book called ‘FOOTBALL 2.0’, as cited by the Daily Mail, Kompany explains that if Messi gets past you, you won’t stop him.

‘This is the hardest situation. He’s coming at full pace against you. You’re stuck and you know if he passes you, he’s gone,’ Kompany explained.

‘But that’s a good intervention. In that situation, you take it if you need to. Although, it is one thing difficult to teach. You stick your leg out at the right time and I’ve been doing it since I was a kid.

‘I love defending and I’m passionate about it. I hate getting beat one-on-one, even in training. Most of my injuries in training were because of that, because I cannot get beaten.’

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City lifts the Premier League Trophy as Manchester City celebrate winning the Premier League after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Different situation

Though, it’s a whole different case when you’re coming up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Kompany explains that it can sometimes feel like Zlatan is not in the game, but it’s a false sense of security.

‘If you play against Zlatan, you know that he will make something happen,’ he continued.

‘You have to be extremely careful because he can seem like he’s not in the game, then he’s the one who scores. When you play against someone like (Marcus) Rashford, you know he’s extremely confident.

‘He’ll attack you and keep attacking you and he won’t be fazed by anything. So they’re different challenges, but I do believe that, with preparation, you can be a match for them.’

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