Reporter: giving up active and invalid possession of the ball is the foundation for Argentina to advance to the finals.
On December 15, combined with the performance of Argentina and other teams in this World Cup, reporter Ma Dexing wrote that giving up active and ineffective ball control and choosing more pragmatic efficiency is the foundation of Argentina’s promotion.
Argentina lost 1-2 to Saudi Arabia in the first round of the World Cup. In the whole game, Saudi Arabia had only three shots, two shots within the frame and two goals. Argentina made 14 shots in the whole game and had 65% of the ball (Saudi Arabia only had 25%), but because of its inefficiency, the result was a surprise.
In fact, since the fierce battle of this World Cup, it has been more and more proved that pass control can no longer help the team win, especially as a typical representative of pass control play, the Spanish team has passed the ball as many as 3819 times in four games, averaging 954.8 times per game. 3527 passes, 887 passes per game, and a passing success rate of 92.3 per cent. But in the end, the football game has to be won or lost, and passing the ball cannot be exchanged for a goal, so it is impossible to help Spain win. Therefore, only pass control, it is no longer possible for the team to win. With the deepening of this World Cup, especially as the Moroccan team reached the semi-finals as the biggest “dark horse” of the tournament, it once again proves that the ball control is out of date. Even against Canada, the weakest team in the group, Morocco’s possession rate in the actual game is only 37%.
Back to Argentina itself. After losing unexpectedly to Saudi Arabia in the first round, Argentina still insisted on playing with the ball in the following games, with a possession rate of more than 50% in these games. For example, against Mexico is 51% to 37%, another 12% is in competition, against Poland is 67% to 24%, another 9% is in competition, against Australia is 53% to 36%, another 11% is in competition. Only against the Netherlands is 45% to 46%, and 9% is in competition between the two sides, that is to say, there is little difference in ball possession between the two sides in this game, but the most important thing is that Argentina further strengthened its passing and possession of the ball in overtime.
In the semi-final against Croatia, Argentina’s possession rate was only 34%, Croatia’s was as high as 54%, and the other 12% were in competition. Moreover, this game is Argentina’s lowest possession rate so far in this World Cup. In the whole game, Croatia made 624 passes, while Argentina had only 408. In terms of shooting, Croatia also shot 10 times against Argentina, but Argentina hit seven times within the frame and Croatia only three times.
In other words, Argentina’s strategy before this game is to do the opposite, not the way it used to play, but to adopt a more pragmatic and pragmatic approach. This was obviously not predicted by Croatia before the match, so the Argentine got the result he wanted.