I have actually grown to appreciate the type of football played by the likes of Burnley. What I will never enjoy is a pragmatist going safe ball. Safe Ball is keeping the ball from the other team to kill their threat completely but not doing anything with the ball.
Total Football is an aggressive playing style, it's meant to produce as many high quality shots as possible. For this to work aggressive passing forward is necessary and to balance that an aggressive press whenever possession is lost. Safe ball goes aganist all of this.
Safe ball works well aganist lesser teams where your team has the quality advantage but aganist actual class opponents safe ball is just ripped to shreds by the natural intensity of total football. The only way to truly beat a total football team is to match their intensity.
"Total Football (Dutch: totaalvoetbal) is a tactical system in association football in which any outfield player can take over the role of any other player in a team. Although Dutch club Ajax and the Netherlands national football team are generally credited with creating this system during the 1970s,"
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