From a young age i was always told, keep the ball, play it back, use the keeper, is that right?
Recently i have been analysing how many times a team play the ball backwards. One games that stood out was Germany vs England 22/03/17.
Throughout the game England played the ball up to the halfway line then turned back and played all the way back to Joe Hart, this was around 8 passes. 3 foward and 5 backwards. Joe Hart then played a long ball giving possession to Germany. Germany then played 6 passes all forward and create a shooting chance which led to a corner.
Whats more positive and whats more negative?
I split this to negative and positive play. Negative being when you in a forward movement and turn back, slow the move down and stop the forward play. So common at all levels and so frustrating for players, coaches and fans.
Positive play isn't just all out attack, positive play is about creating more chances, these will sometimes break down but should only breakdown when the other team is defending rather then playing the ball backwards in your team for the opponents have a chance to push up and apply pressure.
What do you think???