Dan Blank, the author of the SoccerIQ Series, remarks in all of his books that if you want to coach and play soccer, you have to believe details matter.
He’s absolutely right.
When Brazil and Argentina play, there is an expectation for attractive football. But Tuesday’s edition of Brazil vs Argentina highlights left a lot to be desired.
Just four shots were placed on target during the friendly match on Tuesday, including just one from La Albiceleste, who are still without Lionel Messi.
Fortunately for Brazil, Neymar was involved, playing the full 90 — including a nice assist on the match winner in the 93rd minute.
During the 2016-17 Bundesliga season, Thiago Alcântara led all players with a pass success rate of 90.2 percent. During an injury plagued 2017-18 campaign, that number climbed to 91.8. Seven matches into the new season, he again sits at a success rate of 91.8. This is all to say that Thiago is an absolute monster when it comes to his passing technique and on-the-ball quality.