England captain Steven Gerrard has bossed the midfield at the Euro 2012 manifestation in Poland and Ukraine, being in terrific form as he sported the all-new and now world-famous adidas Predator LZ football boots.
The German brand of the Three Stripes has provided us with a unique insight into which of the 5 Deadly Zones of the boot Gerrard has been taking the most advantage of, as can be seen below.
In fact, here, we can identify which areas of the boot have been utilised for Stevie G to make contact with the ball in both the Sweden and Ukraine matches in Group D.
These clear visual performance indicators from adidas show that the majority of Gerrard’s touches have been ‘First Touch’ and ‘Pass’, and this is somewhat unsurprising given that, as a central midfielder, he is consistently receiving and distributing the ball.
It would be interesting to note how the results would change given fellow Predator endorsee Xavi, who is perhaps the essence of a well-established tiki-taka setup at both the Spanish side and his club Barcelona.
Meanwhile, returning to Gerrard, note how he unleashed assists using ‘Sweet Spot’ say as England broke the deadlock against Sweden following his cross which was met by the soaring figure of Liverpool teammate Carroll, as well as showing us ‘Dribble’ before Rooney nodded home perhaps the easiest goal of his career against Ukraine.