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In football team play depends largely on the set up of the team by the coach. The coach determines whether he adopts a 4-5-1, 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 4-1-3-2, or 4-2-2-2. The coach changes formation to suit each opponent which in football circles it’s called game plan. The game plan is designed by the coach and his technical staff after a careful study of the strength and weakness of their opponent.
Like in today’s football no team wishes to play Fc Barcelona because they are regarded as the best football playing side in the world and when they were drawn recently against Ac Milan in the round of 16 of the Uefa Champions League 2012/2013 season pundits quickly wrote off Ac Milan chances of winning the match while betting freaks wholeheartedly put their money on a Barcelona win but we were all in for an early year shocker as Ac Milan Coach Massimilliano Allegri, master minded a game plan that saw his team defeat Fc Barcelona 2-0 in the first match of a two leg fixture which made Ac Milan’s Vice President Galliani echo in excitement “…. Football is beautiful as you never know what can happen….
Winning games like this needs great fans, a great stadium, and tradition”. The coach’s mental strength is shown through the performance of the players on the field of play. For instance, a coach like Jose Mourinho designs his team to be well organized and very hard to breakdown. Sir Alex Ferguson makes his team super-efficient and addicted to winning even when they play poorly. Pep Guadiola loves his team to entertain with amazing attacking displays and expects them to keep possession all the time. Arsene Wenger also loves his team to play attacking football but the difference between his team and the other coaches mentioned is that they are more consistent and the players share a stronger sense of responsibility not to fail their fans, management, and more importantly their coach.
Like the Ac Milan coach Allegri voiced after his team defeated Barcelona “the players understood what I asked of them and when you play with that kind of willingness and intensity, you can win against anyone”.
Written by Ezeali Isaac Chijioke- A creative writer and seasoned sport analyst, who finds pleasure in talking sports objectively. You can watch him on Sports Bit on Super Screen Television or read his creative write ups here on jennyspot. Follow the author on facebook and on twitter.