It is a game of two objectives: Score many goals and do not concede.
All the 11 players and the coach, and club administration focus on the winning any match the team plays both in the short term and long term. Much as the keeper is responsible for stopping balls from entering his goal (not conceding a goal); any opportunity a Keeper has to score, they attempt to score. You can see this usually in world cup matches where the Keeper sometimes runs to the other goal to try to score a corner kick at a huge risk to the team. But that is the sacrifice to score in order to win the match.
The key word is winning.
Recently Arsenal played against Chelsea in Europa League Cup. It lost miserably 4-1 to Chelsea. Why? Arsenal failed to score more goals. Did they play all the 90 minutes, YES of course? Did they run? YES of course, the players ran; though some players in the Arsenal squad were more outstanding than the rest.
Unfortunately, football, like running a business. It does not matter how many few players work hard, if you have a weak link in the squad, who walks INSTEAD of running, the team is sure to lose miserably. If the keeper lapses in judgment and fails to leave the line early to confront a striker coming ahead, the risk of conceding is high. If a staff choses to come to work at late; instead of being early and preparing for the day’s priorities, the company loses.
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One of the most annoying things in football is when a team that is behind in score, tries to play harder in the 80’s minute. All of sudden they want to score, yet time is not on their side. Where were they when the match was starting and the clock was still at 10minutes into the match?
It is like a staff who has a scheduled training, and waits for the last week to try to work hard to achieve targets. I want you to know that UNLIKE in football where luck can smile your way and score, in business planning early is key. There is no short cut.