Football - An Art Not A Science

United vs Barcelona (Championship 2019)

Most united players especially the back 4 could hardly make a decent pass or create space to receive a pass. The central defender should be the relief valve - who calm things down and start play from the back. Smalling hardly control the ball let alone calm play down. The ball was more like a hot potato to boot somewhere anywhere. Shielding behind the opposition in order not to get the ball will never win you a game.

So much is talked about a particular system of play which in my opinion is a farce. Barcelona were more naturally talented than the ManU hence they keep possession and control the game. Most united players especially the back 4 could hardly make a decent pass or create space to receive a pass. The central defender should be the relief valve - who calms things down and start play from the back. Smally hardly control the ball let alone calm play down. The ball was more like a hot potato to boot somewhere anywhere. Shielding behind the opposition in order not to get the ball will never win you a game.

Football is an art not a science. Footballers are born with this attribute not created. Ask anyone who played the game as an amateur or a professional and they will accede to the preceding fact. So much is talked about a particular system of play which in my opinion is a farce.

Barcelona were more naturally talented than the ManU hence they keep possession and control the game. Most united players especially the back 4 could hardly make a decent pass or create space to receive a pass. The central defender should be the relief valve - who calm things down and start play from the back. Smalling hardly control the ball let alone calm play down. The ball was more like a hot potato to boot somewhere anywhere. Shielding behind the opposition in order not to get the ball will never win you a game. If you have not got the ball, the opposition is in control.

The manager can shout all he likes from the touch line. The only rule in football that is paramount is not to give the ball away. Having control and in control is a skill good footballers have and it does not come from coaching or from a manager. The young Brit Sancho playing in Germany is a case in point. The question we need to ask is -Who does the scouting and how is it structured?