As Johan Cruyff said: “It’s all very simple: if you score one more than your opponent, you win”. This requires an imbalance, an ability that seems to have disappeared over time. Although we currently find players of exquisite quality, it is difficult to highlight professionals who possess the elegance of Thierry Henry or the magic of Ronaldinho himself. This simple example can be completely extrapolated to the level of teams or national teams, with emphasis on the comparison between the Brazilian national team that won the World Cup in 2002 and the French team that won the last World Cup in 2018. Therefore it is easily recognizable the evolution of footballers with a very refined technique to professionals with a very high physical component.
Why is it that? Is it possible to compensate, through physical work, the shortage of natural talent?
As I mentioned in the previous post, over the years the sub-economy around football has experienced an exponential growth, creating a large number of jobs as well as facilitating the attainment of unusual income levels for a sport. Today, football is no longer a physical and/or leisure activity but the best ambassador of each country on a global scale.
This has caused the countries and teams that make up their leagues to be in a constant search for the best talent and thus fill their squads with the most distinguished and hard-working professionals on the football scene. The objective is to obtain a sublime football through the preparation and implementation of multiple tactics carried out by players not as skillful as in the past but with an impeccable professionalism.
However, the purest football will always be from the street, for many endless sessions in gyms or fitness rooms.
Talent can be polished, but never created, and tactics, while tremendously important, will never replace technique.