How To Do An Elastico Pass Like Willian
Willian did something truly outrageous in the FA Cup against Hull City last week: an elastico pass to Cesc Fabregas.
This move looks damn near impossible for humans who aren't full Brazil internationals playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, but, though practice, it can be achieved in five easy steps:
1. Both feet on one side of the ball, closer foot under the ball
This is important in order to fake your opponent out. If you don't fake your opponent out the move will not work and you will look like a chucklehead. Looking like a chucklehead is to be avoided at all costs.
2. Lift ball with closer foot
Make sure to get at least a little air under the ball, keeping your foot at the bottom, which will make it easier to drive the ball upward and forward later (less than a second later, but still).
3. Quickly swivel foot around ball to other side
This is the tricky part. You must cartoonishly fast feet for this, and if you mess it up you will (again) look like a chucklehead. No pressure.
4. Flick ball up and forward
Preferably in between two defenders, although it'll look pretty cool even if you're standing by yourself. This is not a dainty maneuver. You have to really put your foot into it for the ball to get where it's going with any sort of pace.
5. Delight in the misery of your opponents
Also: hope Cesc Fabregas doesn't scuff the finish. Yeesh.