Retro Football: Young Roberto Martinez Demonstrates How To Defend Against Long Throw-Ins, 1996 (Video)

Chris Wright

24th, March 2017

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Photo: Press Association

Having pioneered a slew of innovative systems with Everton (the ‘hopelessly isolated frontman’ and the ‘hideously exposed flat back two’ instantly spring to mind) in recent years, it’s largely agreed that Roberto Martinez is one of football’s greatest tactical minds.

Here, we see the young maestro cutting his teeth, down in Division Three in what we think is deepest, darkest 1996 – going on the state of the pitch alone.

The Latics were facing Lincoln City, who had a pesky long throw-in specialist to contend with.

Thankfully, Martinez was able to apply his keen strategic nous and stamp out the threat at source, quite literally…

Textbook stuff.

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  1. Jeremia says:

    Has it been recorded what the referee had to say about this? The throw in was illegal afterall, something that happens in almost every game on every level yet no one seems to mind; not even sure what’s the penalty for that.

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