Possession football

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    forcefield
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    I’m not a great fan of possession football. Too much of it is negative, with no ambition or purpose. Admittedly, the opposition can’t score while you have the ball, but with too many teams that seems to be the main objective. We could be in severe danger of going back to the days in Italian football, when 0-0 was the norm. As a spectator, I would much rather see the wide man taking on the fullback and whipping a cross into the box first time. Not checking back, passing it back to his own fullback so he can pass it across the centre backs, to resume down the other side of the field. This point of view may well explain why I never got the Barcelona manager’s job, but I would be interested to know if anyone else out there has a similar view of the “modern” game.

    #706648

    SensibleS7
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    I share your point of view, forcefield, particularly this:

    As a spectator, I would much rather see the wide man taking on the fullback and whipping a cross into the box first time. Not checking back, passing it back to his own fullback so he can pass it across the centre backs, to resume down the other side of the field.

    Managers pick on the point of ball retention to try and get their players to be comfortable on the ball and not give it away cheaply to the opposition – particularly one of which is of greater threat.

    You are right in how this resembles to Serie A. And the game would rather be not lost than to take a chance in going forward to try and win it – which in itelf of course is the object of the game.

    Being able to retain the ball in certain situations and circumstances is a vital skill to develop, but as you say, playing possessional football and making the game being tepid for me isn’t the way forward and just kills the joy in what we love about the game.

    #706888

    bloggy
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    Agree guys. Nothing is more boring than watching possession for possession’s sake. Endless square passing around the back four finishing with a back pass to the keeper…give me strength! Whilst it’s true of course that the opposition can’t score if they don’t have the ball it’s equally true to say that you can’t score yourself if the ball never progresses into the oppositions half. No wonder hardly anyone plays two up front anymore…God forbid…that might encourage some half wit to play the ball forwards! Rant over…think I’ll go for a little lie down now…Cheers Bloggs.

    #706894

    SensibleS7
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    Nice one mate; I cut off from Serie A football even when it was on Channel 4 20 years ago.

    That’s never been football for me and not my cup of tea. Top flight English football is a case of home of where the heart is.

    Anyway, notably what’s encouraging and apparent this season is certain teams not parking the bus and playing Chess, but infact if anything having that belief of ALL 3 points; Kudoes West Ham United, Crystal Palace, and Leicester City!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #706996
    FoxInTheBox™
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    Hmm, I guess I stand alone then. I don’t find it boring at all.

    I’m in absolute awe whenever I watch Barcelona knock it around. I find them to be highly entertaining in the way they pull defenders out of position with their slick intricate passing game and exploit the holes they create for themselves rather than sitting back and waiting for counter attacking opportunities.

    Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the exciting, old traditional English end to end stuff too. Who wouldn’t?

    I just feel Barcelona have, at times, reached the ultimate level of football possible, which can never be reached any other way than with a creative possession game…

    #707224

    SensibleS7
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    Fox my good friend, that’s because you’ve mentioned Barca and possibly only them make possession football gripping and entertaining.

    #707617

    forcefield
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    Fox, Barca do indeed play a brand of possession football that is purposeful and pleasing on the eye, but my original criticism was really directed at the majority of British teams that are not quite so technically gifted, yet still play more backward passes than forwards. I name no names – it is a widespread blight of which many are guilty. This is just my own opinion

    #707623

    SensibleS7
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    This is what it should be about:

    #707635

    forcefield
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    Nice one Sensible! Couldn’t disagree with that one

    #707743
    FoxInTheBox™
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    And of course, there was this one too!:

    #707755
    FoxInTheBox™
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    And another incredible Arsenal team goal (though not the best link). Every single player was involved in this build up:

    #707761
    FoxInTheBox™
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    Of course Barcelona are by far the best at keeping possession, creating chances, entertaining and winning matches, but Arsenal (at times) are the only team (yes, even ahead of Munich) capable of matching and maybe even exceeding their quality. We just can’t do it all the time (or in the biggest games) like they do…

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