Have We Missed Possession Based Football Party?
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One caveat about the perceived success of the possession based style of football that Blues are trying to achieve is that it’s now been around for a while. Undoubtedly, teams who’ve been using it from the get go have had massive success for the last 3 or 4 seasons over the teams that didn’t.
The problem now is it’s becoming fashionable, and every man and his dog is trying to do it. My view is it’s become so prevalent that ways of combatting and overcoming possession based football are developing fast. It’s inevitable. Once teams learn how to do it, it’s a short step to knowing how to undo it in opposition.
We might be just a bit too late to the party, and two thirds of Championship teams are ahead of us in implementing it anyway.
By the time Rooneyball is developed at Blues, I believe the game will have moved on. I watched the Arsenal match this week and Luton properly got at them and nearly pinched it.
Am I the only one who sees John Ruddy rolling the ball to the centre backs on his left or right and immediately get nervous? In their midweek game this week Manchester City, the perceived masters of possession football, found themselves without a win in 4 games. Are they finally being found out?
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