- Oct 16, 2020
- FC Bayern
I told the story about that game merely because it's basically the only match by this Holstein Kiel I ever watched in full, and in exactly that match the approach which has worked for them in general turned out to not work. It's just anecdotal, I didn't mean this in any way as exemplaric in the debate about strategies.The same discussion is being had in the EPL about Bielsa's Leeds. Lots of people are arguing he's stupid for setting up the way he does, because it's too open defensively. But the reality right now is that they're looking pretty certain to stay up despite having one of the worst squads in the league.
I don't know about the Union Berlin game you describe, but in the end, quality also matters. A team like Man United is always likely to crush Leeds, because their attack is just too strong. But that's not what Leeds have to care about. If they can get those 3 points on board often enough against lower-level opposition, then occasionally getting murdered by top teams is totally fine as their survival in the league is guaranteed. This would change, of course, if they'd start upgrading their squad over the seasons and want to be in the conversation for European spots. I don't know if that dynamic was relevant for the Union Berlin game though.
And yes, your point about quality of course stands, and it's often frustrating in debate how, when a 'lower' quality team that is relatively successful with attacking football loses a game against better opposition while playing their attacking football, the fact that they played this kind of football is then blamed, as if they violated an obligation to sit back against better teams. As if it is ok to lose against a better team ONLY if you tried sitting back