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Cardiff take down Barca and Guardiola's theory: 3-0 win with 28% possession

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Pin They won 3-0. Twitter/CardiffCityFC
They won 3-0. Twitter/CardiffCityFC

Cardiff take down Barca and Guardiola's theory: 3-0 win with 28% possession

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Cardiff City further fed the debate about up until what point is possession important in football. In their match against Queens Park Rangers in the Championship, they managed 28% possession and still won 3-0.

Although the only goal for Neil Warnock and his players was to win and continue climbing the table, they inadvertently contributed to demystifying a leitmotiv of Pep Guardiola and FC Barcelona.

It doesn't usually happen, but it does. With less than 30% possession, the Championship outfit knew perfectly what to do when they had the ball. Morrison's 11th-minute goal let them sit back and cause QPR damage in a rather sterile way.

Pack (45) and Paterson (72)  finished the game and showed that they knew what to do. And not everything was about shots, even though Cardiff spent a lot less time attacking, they had the same amount of shots as QPR (4).

Cardiff also showed that being behind the ball continuously doesn't mean defending worse, as they committed 18 fouls, only 6 more than the visitors.

 

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