“In the small confined spaces, you had to find ways out.” – Andrés Iniesta
Constriction forces creativity.
Former Barcelona teammate on Pep Guardiola:
His brain worked so fast he could make those around him play at the speed of light.
Guardiola still soaks everything in, connecting things outside football to football. His ‘footballizing’ of everything is a big reason for his success. It allows him endless ways to test new philosophies and improve his coaching.
Soccer, like figure skating, demands art as much as sport. This is not baseball, where numbers mean so much that they seem to carry a moral weight. Soccer’s beauty is that it surpasses mathematics, or, in Barcelona’s case, conjures a sublime human geometry of triangular passing and movement.
Basketball, American football, baseball; all these sports stop and go. They were organized for marketing advertisements in between.
The beauty of soccer is the uninterrupted constant state of flow, mixed in with tactics and precision skill and timing. It’s not something to be explained. You just have to watch.