The towering Swedish striker explains to FourFourTwo the key elements of being a frontman, from holding up the ball to getting on the end of corners. You may be surprised there is one skill that he doesn't consider himself as the best.
Holding up the ball
"The key is not to lose the ball when you get it. If I'm alone, I try to protect the ball and keep defenders away using my back, arms, strength and balance. That's important because if I can hold the ball, it gives the team a chance to join me in attack. I'll hold it until the rest of the other players come into play. As soon as there's a player in a better position, I'll give him the ball. Or, I can go for goal myself. That's sometimes my instinct. I'm an intelligent player and will make the right choice at that moment."
"I try to position myself where I can get the ball. Sometimes I drop back to pick it up; other times I find space to help the team and draw a defender from his position. Then I might try to open space so that the midfielders have another option: me. I'm not the type of player to make runs away from play, but sometimes you have to do this to sacrifice yourself for the team, even though you know you will not get the ball. It opens space for others. In a good partnership, the other striker would do the same next time."
"The key is to make your move before the defender: that way you create space for yourself. I'm not the best at that - David Trezeguet is. I've never seen somebody more intelligent than him in the box at corners or set-pieces. It's like he knows exactly where the ball will be, in the air or on the floor. Me? I don't have that instinct. Sometimes I am on the first post at corners, sometimes I'm on the second. I do it because I have to."
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