Football Tactics For Beginners: How to watch Football -Part 1

How to watch football like an expert? Never try to analyse a game from the team you support live. You get too caught up...
Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9.

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The below video offers and excellent insight into the mind of Xavi Hernandez, how he sizes up a situation, how he knows the exact time to release the ball,etc.

It is clear that Xavi in a game always thinks a couple of moves ahead. He doesn’t take the obvious option, instead waits for the move to develop even further. This is where the Fabregas experiment failed so miserably for Pep and Barcelona. Having spent his formative years at Arsenal, Fabregas’ instinct is always to go for the killer pass. He gives up control to reach the opposition’s box a little earlier. This was not how Pep wanted to play the game at Barcelona. Thiago might have been the only player who could have replaced Xavi. And the fact that he is from La Masia makes it even more painful for Barcelona fans that the club let him go so easily.

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