PSG's Brazilian magician, Lucas Moura, gives FourFourTwo a few tips how to improve your close control and how futsal is the starting point for some of the world's most skillful players.
There's a time and place
"The best advice I've received on dribbling is to assess when it's the right moment to dribble and the right moment to play a quick one-two. If you're in your own half, always touch the ball twice. If you go past the halfway line, head for goal. Put your opponent on the back foot. Always dribble with the aim of attacking goal, never just to humiliate an opponent or to show off. Even if you have no choice but to dribble in your own half, make sure you're always going forward."
Put in the hard graft
"No matter how skilful you are, you can always improve your game. I've always spent time watching footage of great players and tried to emulate them. I've always liked to train a lot. After training sessions at Sao Paulo I used to stay behind for an extra 30-40 minutes. I was always there, practicing tricks, finishing, penalties, free-kicks, shooting with my left foot, taking crosses, hitting long passes - you name it, I did it. It's important to improve even your basic skills."
"When I was a kid I used to train at home, dribbling around tables and chairs. I spent days in the yard with my brother and cousin. I've always been passionate about football and found it easy to learn new skills, especially as I'm used to playing in tight spaces. Most skillful players started out playing Futsal and I am no exception. You learn lots of things - quick thinking, quick feet, quick passing. If you're can transfer this onto the pitch, you'll give yourself a great advantage."
Lucas Moura is an adidas football ambassador.