Individual qualities permanently influence the results of matches at various levels.
In modern football, it is more and more difficult to get past the defensive lines because they are very compact, often with eight or nine players behind the ball. It is therefore essential to have players who know how to win duels with the quality of their dribbles, whether in the centre or along the wings, in order to get closer to the opponents’ goal line.
Players with individual initiative are able to create the space which is lacking in the centre in the modern game. What usually happens in this situation is that the player manages, with an aerial cross or with a pass along the ground into the space behind the defense, to find a team-mate ready to attempt a shot.
Another essential factor for success is having strikers who are quick, skilled and decisive finishers and capable of making the difference.