Australia's record marksman built his local and global reputation on his knack of popping up with a crucial goal from a midfield or no.10 starting position. Cahill talks to FourFourTwo on how to time your runs from deep and hit the back of the net
"You need to have two things: desire and a good engine. So many of my goals came from sheer desire - wanting to get into the box and put my head where others were afraid to go. It didn't have to be the perfect cross; if the ball was in the box I'd always do everything to get to it.
You have to be really fit as well. You need that engine, so that in the 80th minute when the defender marking you is tiring, you are still running and can go past them and convert a chance."
"Make sure you have more stamina than them. On the pitch you always need to be smart and think about how you use your energy.
One other important factor is preparation. Understand the back four you will be coming up against. Study previous games and talk to players that may know them better than what you can find out through watching them play, like ex-teammates. Once you have located a weakness in the defence you are facing and then try to exploit it.
For instance, I had observed that Vincent Kompany didn't like the ball on his left foot, so I'd put him under pressure in this area. Even the best defenders in the world can have lapses in concentration or weaknesses to their game."
Tim Cahill wears the New Balance Visaro 2.0 Pro.