I’m not sure of the veracity of these claims, but I’ve read it numerous times. The Guardian done a piece on it two or three years ago and it’s been in other publications, but it’s basically seven principles that Jose lives by when it comes to the bigger games. They were first published in a biography of his by Diego Torres. So anyway, here’s the seven principles: 1) The game is won by the team who commits fewer errors. 2) Football favours whoever provokes more errors in the opposition. 3) Away from home, instead of trying to be superior to the opposition, it’s better to encourage their mistakes. 4) Whoever has the ball is more likely to make a mistake. 5) Whoever renounces possession reduces the possibility of making a mistake. 6) Whoever has the ball has fear. 7) Whoever does not have it is thereby stronger. Now, as i said, i don’t know if these are true, but reading through them and watching us it’s hard to argue with them tbh. The one’s in bold are a particular worry for me and seem to match up with what we see on the pitch in a lot of these games. These principles seem to encourage the sort of passive football that we see in many of the bigger games, and the sort of football i personally dislike and i know many others do. Point 3 is also pertinent. Away from home we often opt for the passive approach as opposed to taking our game to the opposition. Sometimes that’s obviously the correct approach and depends on who you’re playing, but it often leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Obviously the Liverpool match comes to mind. The result was great, but the performance was...well, not so great. Anyway, to give him some credit, i do think we have tried to take our game to the opposition in some of these bigger away matches recently, so i don’t think he’s as married to these ideals has he once was - we just happen to play very poor. Be interested to see what you guys think. Are they outdated? Is there still a place in the modern game for a big team to employ these tactics? And what do you think of them overall?