The trend in modern football is full diversity. The players have reached the limit of their primary skills. Now it is the turn of the hidden reserves. The striker must learn to defend, and the defender will attack.
Super clubs and superstars run world football, they all dictate fashion trends. But some are either not ready to change things, or just don’t want to do it and continue to stand on the same “rails.”
Classic 10 numbers
Twentieth-century romantics do not believe that the classic 10 numbers will no longer be able to lead the game and will slowly disappear.
However, a new, stricter regime has come. One bright player has become several, athletics has decided too much, and total universalism has been born.
It does not matter how brilliant you are as a master of “passes” today. You must help the defense because, in the midfield of the opposing team, everyone does it. If you don’t do that, you are already considered a disadvantage of the team, and no one wants to have such a player today.
The only solution is to adapt. The best example is Modric, who was a wonderful playmaker. The Croatian was able to adapt perfectly to modern trends, which is why he became the owner of the Golden Ball.
Previously, everything was simple: you had to have a strong left leg on the left flank, the right limb on the right. The task was to get back on the flank and help the defense, then run forward and help in the attack. They didn’t need to score goals. That was the forward’s job.
Then big changes happened, and the “one-legged” players became superfluous for everyone. The left started the game on the right. The right-wing, on the contrary, appeared inverted wings, which began to play a major role in twenty-first-century football.
Goalkeepers who play poorly on foot
For almost a hundred years, the goalkeeper has been a hero, a wall, half a team, sometimes even more. Thirty years ago, this was especially apparent. The defender made a pass back. The goalkeeper took the ball in his hand, and all sorts of security were restored.
Then a rule was introduced that forbids a goalkeeper to take the ball in his hand after a pass to the teammate. Most technical teams started playing passes in defense. But high pressing and blocking people as much as possible reduced this opportunity.
Then it became necessary to use goalkeepers who play well, who play the role of additional field players in the ball and create competition during the press. Short but accurate passes initially replaced targeted repulsions, while gradually, this improved, and the goalkeepers further improved their foot-playing skills.
Veterans find it very difficult to learn this. However, there is a clear trend among young keepers that the demand for a goalkeeper who plays well with his feet is much higher.