- Jul 25, 2014
He's gonna counter by saying some nonsense like "obviously the manager had to set his team up that way because of an inferior midfield". It's the most rudimentary 'analysis' of football imaginable and as correct as you are, he'll never listen, so it's hardly worth a response.Controlling the game is about ensuring the game goes how you want it to go, it has nothing to do with controlling the ball.
For instance, if team X's plan for the game is to entice team Y deep into their half without pressing before it with the intention of taking the ball and releasing it directly with pace to a fast forward line thus creating various 3 v 3, 2 v 2 situations, they will willingly cede the ball as that's what's needed to make the game go as they want. Now, if they do this with success in the game, Team X controlled the game because it went exactly how they wanted it to go. In such a plan, the opponent team is almost certainly going to have 60%+ possession. Again, that's exactly what team A wanted and was a critical component of them controlling the game.
Controlling the ball /= Controlling the game.