It’s frightfully easy to simply accept Barcelona’s recent tactical flowering in a fishbowl. Pep Guardiola is smart, he had the right players and the magic simply happened. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Barcelona’s march to footballing modernity is decades in the making.
This smart video from Scott Allison (which is nearly a year old but worth a rehash) does its best to elucidate just why Barca was able to do what it does now – and perhaps why Pep is doing such incredible things now with Bayern Munich. Bonus points for the old footage of Rinus Michels’ Dutch teams.
Lesson to all the flowering DA programs out there. What you’re doing now will echo down the chambers of the decades. Be sure to do it well. You could be building taller than you think.