Video aid deserve to be in football. I can't believe that they didn't even given out a trial to see how it goes. At least, a pilot project of 3 months should be interesting.
Originally Posted by ★ Rei ★
Well, perhaps you consider as the lowest of the low but in my opinion, it's equally disgracing. If you analyze Madrid's team, it's 75% Foul-Makers, 25% Divers and for Barca's, it's the opposite. Of course, both got talent, skills and money but they are really low in terms of sportsmanship level.
Well, Spanish football was dirt initially. If you analyze it carefully, about 2 decades earlier, it was the Holland national team and German Leage that started with possession play (things that are now being replicated by Spain team and in the Liga). Then came 2000s. When Italian football was on top level, obstructing thoroughly the EPL, Liga and Bundesliga and other leagues basically until the corruption scandal. EPL (with its defensive core style and rough play) and Liga (possession football and provacative style) risen suddenly from the shadows into complete limelight. For me, Liga's style did change in terms of adopting the long-lost possession style, especially through Barcelona but they remain as provocative as ever with ego, dribbles, divings and fouls. In fact, the dives are so clear-cut when you counter-analyze with the actual EPL where rough play doesn't exceed the limit of extreme dirtiness. That's why, for me, EPL will most likely keep its shining glory longer than Liga. The brilliance of Liga won't remain as bright as the things are going (in about 5 years). Many people realize that but the blame is mostly and unfairly going on players and Mourinho, while it's a global culmination of events that will lead to a probable sinking.
As for Mourinho's play-style to beat Barcelona and everyone believing that it's the sole way of beating Barcelona, well, there's half-truth in it. Rough play and heave/immediate pressing over opponents form part of the key to succeed again Barcelona but continuous whining and heavy fouls does not. The other part of the key (theoretically though) to beat Barcelona are concentration and solidarity in defense and rapid, efficient and precise counter-attacks.