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Monday, March 14, 2005

Attack vs Defence

With Porto winning the Champions league and Greece winning Euro 2004 we have seen how teams with “lesser ability” triumph in major competitions. We all want to see great attacking football, but it seems that if you cannot defend you can no longer succeed in major competitions. We saw a treat example of this in the Chelsea v Barcelona game. Barcelona were excellent going forward but they were poor at the back and that is the reason why Barcelona are not in the last eight of the champion’s league.

We have two English teams left in the champion’s league, for me, this is the greatest cup competition in the world. No so called “expert” will give Liverpool a chance, whilst they perhaps right tip Chelsea to go all the way. Both teams have done really well in Europe this season, and this is not surprising given how well they have defended throughout.

If Liverpool and Chelsea mange to avoid each other in the next round I would fancy both teams to progress in to the semi-finals because they can both defend, and defend well.

In summary, the winner of the champion’s league will be the team who can defend and not simply attack.


Blogger T said...

I agree that defence is a necessary foundation, but it surely is not enough. Otherwise all teams would play all-out defensive football.
Granted this worked for Greece, but it is surely a one-off.
What is needed is balance between defence and attack.
Milan, Juve, Chelsea, and Bayern all have it off to a very high level.
I'd place Liverpool in a second tier. Having Riise in my fantasy team makes me acutely aware that the Pool have not kept many clean-sheets this season!
If they reach the semis I'll take my hat off to them. But I'll be questioning the whole concept of the champs league if they make the final.

3/16/2005 1:28 am

Blogger Abdul said...

Agree with TS on this one. A balance has to be stuck between a solid defence and the ability break teams down. This is why we are seeing the re-emergence of the Italian teams with their "Calcio" style of football as a dominant force in European club competitions.

3/17/2005 12:15 pm

Blogger Skippy said...

I agree with TS and Abdul, and my article does end with the conclusion, which you both reach.

I would also like to add that, it is true that Liverpool haven't defended well in the premiership but they have defended well in Europe stats back me up on this

3/17/2005 11:06 pm


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