With the escalation of the dispute between fans of “fun” football and its “practical” counterpart, the discussion prevailed about the importance of possession of the ball or not, so that Spain came in Euro 2020 and presented a new proposal in this dispute.
Fans of “beautiful” football consider possession and short passes to be one of the most important pillars upon which an ideal performance is built, while “Pragmatio Ball” considers the end more important than the means.
In the face of Spain and Sweden at the beginning of the two teams’ journey in the first round, Spain provided new evidence of the lack of importance of possession after winning the ball and losing two points in a goalless draw.
Spain coach Luis Enrique belongs to the beautiful school of football, which requires good performance as much as the pursuit of positive results, which he inherited in Barcelona, who trained him in an earlier stage.
Spain’s possession against Sweden reached 75% compared to 25% for its Swedish counterpart, but in the end each team got one point, and the Spanish possession was of little use.
Despite the success of Spain in making 17 offensive attempts that ended with 13 shots, of which only 5 were between the posts and the crossbar, all the efforts of the “Matador” went to waste due to the failure to reach the Swedish net, for various reasons, most notably the recklessness of the attack.
With less effort, the Swedish team got the same result, despite making only 4 offensive attempts over the course of 90 minutes, without any shot on the host’s goal.
In all tournaments, evidence appears to support the theory of the importance of possession in achieving victory, while other clubs presented the exact opposite by leaving the ball to the opponent and winning the least number of chances, or perhaps with one chance.
In the Champions League final last month, Manchester City dominated the ball, and compatriot Chelsea won the most expensive club title in Europe.
It is usually repeated, with clubs such as Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, and the teams led by Portuguese Jose Mourinho, where the goal is to leave possession for the opponent and exploit his defensive mistakes from the least opportunities.
In the end, and despite the new Spanish evidence at Euro 2020, the controversy over the importance of acquisition will continue, because a winning team will inevitably come with a large acquisition percentage soon to consider it counter evidence.