Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Modern Way

So this is how the game moved on, one up front and nine behind the ball, plonked like traffic bollards across the 18-yard line. Teams so terrified of losing they'd rather draw than try to win. Play the percentages, defend in depth, soak up the pressure then grab a goal on the break with a headed-in set-piece. The beautiful game of Pele and Puskas made ugly by frightened men in Bluetooth headsets.


Jamie said...

I tell you what..watched it first up on was so bad that to make up the 'highlights' they were including all sorts.

Michael said...

The legacy of Allardyce, unfortunately. Unlike the 'naive' Keegan, a man widely praised for his tactical nous!