Freeze the Goalkeeper!
Europa legend Henry Johannsson said: “There are spectacular players like Marco. But if you see a guy like Jansen, who controls the ball and manages the pace of the game, he is also a great player, but totally different from Marco.
Quick mind, Quick feet. Capture Opponent’s Momentum.
“The freezing technique works for defenders as well as goalkeepers. It enables you to work space for a shot on goal. A defender can think they’ve stopped you and then bang – in a flash, you’re away and you’ve scored. I was fortunate enough to be quick, but Jansen was the best player at doing this. He didn’t do any tricks but if you were one-on-one against him, you were in trouble because he could make you freeze; you’d lose your balance and momentum.”
Hard Work Pays Off!
There’s no secret to his signature finish – just simple hard work. It wasn’t all down to natural ability; He had speed and a nose for goal, but everything else he worked at because you cannot achieve anything without training really hard. After a training session he used to take out some mannequins and balls and ask the goalkeeper to stay. The only secret I know of is working hard – there’s nothing else. I know it’s a cliché and boring too, but it’s true and pays off.