The Manchester City playmaker, Samir Nasri, spoke with FourFourTwo on evading detection in the final third so that your team can wreak havoc.
Find pockets of space
"If you want to play the free role behind the striker, you need to find space between the opposition's midfield and defence. As the playmaker of the team, it's your job to create chances for your team-mates and this is where you can do the most damage. You also need to be someone who is motivated by scoring goals. Creating opportunities is your primary objective, but you also have to be able to chip in with a few goals, too. Look to play off the frontman."
Use brains over brawn"
Football is not all about speed, it's about vision as well. A lot of playmakers are not the quickest, but many of them are the best players in the world - just look at Zinedine Zidane. He was pretty slow, but because of his exceptional football brain he was one of the greatest of all time. You also need a manager and team-mates who trust in your ability, because you cannot do anything on your own - whether you are a quick player or an intelligent one."
Trust your ability
"If you're a winger, drop in between the full-back and the centre-back. Typically, the full-back will follow you because he can't let you stand free in plenty of space. Stay there and have the bravery to ask for the ball off your team-mates. You have to take responsibility and try to ask questions of the opposition. Even if an opponent is close to you, you have to take the ball and run with it. Turn and face them - you'll have the game in front of you. Believe in your ability to keep the ball."
Samir Nasri wears the Baltic/Serene Green New Balance Football Visaro boot, designed for players who make chances.
This article has been contributed by FourFourTwo, Samir Nasri is not associated with rebel.