Chelsea Under 19's Defender Marc Guehi Scores Insane ZERO Step Penalty

We're a sucker for a creative, unique penalty routine and thanks to Chelsea Under 19's defender Marc Guehi, we have another to throw in the mix.

The 18-year old, who has been with the Blues since under eights, stepped up in a penalty shoot-out against Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Youth League quarter finals.

But instead of going for a safe spot-kick, he decided to conjure up something completely out of the ordinary by introducing us all to a 'zero step' no run-up penalty.

The pressure was on but Guehi held his nerve and despite the goalkeeper guessing right, tucked his penalty away nicely to make it 3-1 on penalties.


Chelsea, who have dominated the Youth League tournament in recent years, went on to win and set up a semi-final with Barcelona.

The cheeky spot-kick was incredibly similar to the casual five-a-side penalty technique Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz conjured up in December.

At the opposite end of the scale, Paul Pogba has also frequently made headlines for his style of taking penalties, with one run-up in particular lasting 26 steps and taking longer than Usain Bolt's world record 100m sprint.

But while Pogba takes an absolute age in his run-up, Atlanta United and Venezuela forward Josef Martinez's approach is very different. Instead, he pauses, almost does a "hop, skip and jump" towards the ball and then slots it home.

He does it on a regular basis and is successful in doing so, most recently converting in the 3-1 win over Argentina over a week ago.

The penalties aren't hit with any venom goalkeepers are yet to figure out a way to stop it.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

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