Memo for Fábio Coentrão

Hey Fabio, I know you’re new at Real Madrid and it takes a bit of getting used to how Jose wants you to play defensively and all but here’s a little nugget of wisdom for you.

Watch yourself on the video first:

Yeah, that’s Barcelona you’re playing. At the Nou Camp. It’s tied 2-2 with a few minutes left and that was Lionel Messi you were covering.

He’s pretty good.

So you probably don’t want to take liberties and not get goal side of him because you can’t be bothered tracking his run properly. You probably also don’t want to totally ball watch and let him drift further off your shoulder and then, to top it off, throw your arms up when the ball goes in like it’s someone else’s fault. Pepe will punch you in the head for that. Probably more than once.

Basic schoolboy defending in a critical phase of the game from a player that cost 30 million Euros. Net result: Barcelona win the first Spanish trophy of the season.

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