Know your enemy
"I look at film to see the goalkeeper's tendencies — which side they favor more, whether they do anything before the kick. I make my decision where to place the kick based on that."
"When you run up, you should be looking at the ball and make a committed effort to know where you're going to kick it. But you can look up a little and see what the keeper is doing. You may see the keeper moving a certain way, and then you change things up. Against Colombia in the 2015 World Cup, the keeper left early and dove. I could see that, and I knew I didn't have to nail it in the corner."
"You can't line up the same way Messi lines up or Ronaldo lines up. Get in a comfortable position that you enjoy being in. I don't have a certain number of steps or a certain line I take. I try to mix it up."
"You have to be confident in what you're stepping up to do. And that comes with lots of practice. I spend lots of time after training practicing penalty kicks. It's all practice."
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