Fans of “beautiful” football consider possession and short passes to be one of the main pillars upon which an ideal performance is built, while “Pragmatio Football” considers the end more important than the means.
In the face of Spain and Sweden at the beginning of the two teams’ journey in the first round, Spain provided new evidence of the lack of importance of possession after winning the ball and losing two points in a goalless draw.
Spain coach Luis Enrique belongs to the beautiful school of football, which requires good performance as much as the pursuit of positive results, which he inherited in Barcelona, who trained him at an earlier stage.
Spain’s possession against Sweden reached 75% compared to 25% for its Swedish counterpart, but in the end, each team got one point, and the Spanish possession was of little use.
Despite the success of Spain in making 17 offensive attempts that ended with 13 shots, of which only 5 were between the posts and the crossbar, all the efforts of the “Matador” went to waste due to the failure to reach the Swedish net, for various reasons, most notably the recklessness of the attack.
With less effort, the Swedish team got the same result, despite making only 4 offensive attempts over the course of 90 minutes, without any shot on the host’s goal.