Is Success Built on Character or Skill?

Date: 13th December 2012 at 4:00 pm
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IMAGINE yourself being a football club manager and you need to put together a squad that will make your club successful, with the meaning of “success” depending on your ambitions, of course; whether it’s survival, European football places or a championship, you choose.

A certain Portuguese manager once famously said: “Better eggs make better omelettes. In the supermarket there’re eggs class one, class two and class three. Some are more expensive but they make better omelette.” So what is this something that makes the difference?

Surely, it has to be the skill. The goal scoring ability, passing, technique – key football qualities. Just look at , they mastered them to perfection and dominate every game they play. They are all fantastic footballers and have already won more trophies than most players can ever dream of. That’s plain fact, whether you like or not.

But they lose. It doesn’t really happen too often, but it happens. And mainly they lose against determined sides with bundles of character. The best game I’ve seen so far this season has been ’s win over Barcelona at Parkhead. It was a triumph of will, spirit and determination. And this game will long live in the memory not only of those in Hoops but everyone.

Look at . They won the last season against all the odds, delivering the best night in the history of the club.

They won it due to key roles of strong charismatic characters such as Lampard, Drogba and Cech. Flair players like Mata, Sturridge or Torres were passengers and not leading acts. This season they changed their approach from character to flair and were praised originally. However, they are now out of the Champions League, lost two finals and are miles behind of the first place.

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Which leads us to Liverpool.

went for continental approach this season with flair and skill as the main qualities. The likes of Adam, Carroll, Kuyt and Bellamy – maybe not the most technically gifted players but certainly the ones you’d want by your side in a fight, were replaced with Allen, Borini, Sahin and Assaidi – supposedly skilful players but with their mental strength questionable at best.

It resulted in no charismatic leaders on the pitch apart from Gerrard, though he’s more of a leader by example rather than a commander, with Jamie Carragher being constantly left out.

I am not trying to undermine other players’ mental strength or character but at the moment they lack that something that brought Liverpool first trophy in six years last February. Never mind Istanbul; the greatest night in football history.

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0 thoughts on “Is Success Built on Character or Skill?

  • Praveen Soomaroo
    3 years ago

    Better” eggs” better”omelettes” but omelettes aren’t done automatically the more important is the person that use eggs to makes better omelettes .the answer is both the person and eggs must be better there’s trouble if one between the eggs and the person isn’t good enough it’s not so simple

  • tony t
    3 years ago

    you need character to go with the skill . would chelsea have won without terry n lampard – no way . Rodgers has signed nobody of character – and that s a worry


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