On the night of March 08th, 2017, the football world saw one the major upsets of the tournament; at the highest level.
The #ChampionsLeague is no small town kid. It’s the crown which every European football club yearns for. It’s a show of strength, desire, and something to kill for.
A giant club from France (Paris St Germain or PSG) battling it out with another giant from Spain (Barcelona or Barca).
Those Petious Six Goals (#PSG) changed the way world looked at #Barcelona; for those who still had any inhibitions about this club.
For those who don’t know, there are two fixtures between the same two teams, in this tournament – one home game and another away game.
During the first meet, PSG knocked a heavy blow on Barca, leading the night 4 goals to nil.
Very few people would have thought that Barca would be able to overcome such a mountain of a task.
Plain and simple, it was impossible.
Well, those of you who don’t know Barca’s might would not know that they don’t give up till it’s the end.
So, all they did was to make impossible to I’m possible!
You have to watch it to believe it.
The energy they had, they pace with which they moved, and the rage which was evident from their body language. They could kill, if they had any weapons!
Was it enough to make such a comeback?
These are key ingredients which you need, but the ingredients don’t mix or bake on their own.
They need a binding agent, a purpose, and a role which each of them plays.
So, after their defeat in the first leg, Barca made changes to the team. The coach started mixing his strategies and kept his opponents, guessing!
The two things which stood out for me: Reorganising and Rotating.
When to tame the opponents and when to go for the kill – know that and all you have to do is wait for the right time. Wait for the opponents to make a mistake and present you with a weak spot.
You don’t always get a high ground, and you don’t always win from a high ground.
Agility, which comes from challenging and perfecting different scenarios, giving yourself more data to prepare, and a cutting edge!
The next thing, is to know who could make that killing. It’s not always the sniper who has the best spot to kill.
Sometime, he could be there to cause a distraction or make you run for cover, while the man with the knife waits for the opportunity and makes the silent kill.
Never let your work be monotonous, have a thorough SWOT analysis, keep more information, and know what works for you and what not.
When you put yourself in different scenarios, you will know the weak areas. And, if you could stumble upon those then others could, as well.
You have to try!
Take a calculated risk!
Or, go blind!
You’ll learn something out of it, for sure.
But, eat only what you can stomach.
In between, the first match and the return match, Barca played other games and corrected their new ways of working.
When the time came, they were better prepared!
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