Former AC Milan coach Capello slams World Cup tactics: Ball possession death of football

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Former AC Milan coach Fabio Capello has slammed the tactics at this year’s World Cup.

Capello was left unimpressed by the possession game many coaches employed.

He told Il Corriere della Sera. “I’ve heard about many systems, but everyone used the same one: a 9-1 that made teams defend as a unit and attack with many players. It’s useless to invent something else.

“Ball possession is the death of football; absolutely boring.

“Those carrying the ball have no responsibility with ball possession, while it takes courage to play vertically.”