Paul at 101 Great Goals:
Kuper explains that the Germany team’s analysts identified Daley Blind’s ability to cut out a 1-2 as the perfect prototype, and they downloaded a practical clip of the Man United man doing just that.
They had the Germany players study Blind’s resolute following of the man, and not the ball, and applied it for their quarter final and semi-final preparation against France and Brazil last summer.
Love this bit from Kuper. It’s insight seldom reported on in the mainstream media.