Can we get a step closer to quantifying what makes a midfielder good by thinking through the theory? We'll see.
Nature of Football
Manchester City in the late 2010s and early 2020s. Barcelona and Spain straddling 2010. Sacchi's Milan. The Dutch of the 1970s. Hungary in the '50s. Scotland, in the late 19th century*. Every generation has its iconic teams characterised by their possession of the ball. *(From 'Inverting the Pyramid': "That success
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