Looking back at a week that had the UEFA Super Cup game, TIM Cup and an EPL game, it’s not hard to single out note-worthy characteristics of select teams and see how they can be useful in our everyday living. Here we go:
AC Milan: Sometimes All That Is Needed Is A New Mode Of Operation
AC Milan competed in the TIM Cup, a competition of 3 Italian clubs (Sassuolo & Inter Milan the remaining two) and won the trophy. This Milan was different from last season’s; with a handful of new players and a new coach. They played differently. There seemed to be more confidence. The new players improved the overall performance of the team and proved that to be a winner, you need to notice what is not working and fix it. When you do that, you become better equipped to compete at high levels. So let me ask:
“How about a new way of doing things?”
Barcelona: Defense? Who Needs It When You Can Attack!
Barcelona was up against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup game in Georgia and were a goal down in the first few minutes of the game (poor defense). Then they turned the game around to lead 4 – 1 (brilliant attack). Then they imploded and conceded 3 (terrible defense!) but ended up winning the game. Critics singled out the poor defense for criticism but in the end, how do you win a game? Outscore your opponent… No matter how many goals they score! (Sounds like something from Mourinho’s textbook). Barca did just that and that’s why they’ve won their fourth trophy. Which do you prefer:
“A brilliant attack or a fantastic defense?”
Sevilla: Believe In Your Abilities
Sevilla after going 4 – 1 down to Barca must have needed more than the usual to make that brilliant comeback on the day (drawing level in normal time). I’m of the opinion that their scoring first, in a game against Barcelona, must have reaffirmed their confidence in their abilities (if they had any doubts in the first place). So when they were trailing by 4 goals to 1, they just went about their business normally, knowing what they were capable of and not playing panic football. On the other hand, just maybe they felt they had nothing to lose (which most times helps a team play better than it’d usually do) but in the end, they showed what belief in your capabilities can do for your performance.
What are you capable of? Will you believe in it?
Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal.
A freelance sports writer who focuses on football, Rotimi is also a freelance writer, a copywriter and a football analyst who regularly appears on radio and television to talk football. You can follow him on twitter @papi_thegreat to keep up with his writings, engage him and also find out about how you can secure his writing services.