Yeah. This saying is worse than Drake. Let that sink in.
Formations don't matter.
Big. Fat. Hairy. Ugh.
There currently is a deluge of scribes at all publication levels writing long essays that are centered on this saying. Cripes, now even Klinsi and the players are saying it (though it's no wonder considering his sudden focus on the 4-4-2 diamond is drawing plenty of fire). And it is all driving me bananas, a food which you all know I hate to use in a negative context.
Rather than debate with salient points and piles of evidence, I will simply ask those who are saying this one direct question along with a layered follow-up: If formations don't matter, then why do they exist? Why does every coach use them and obsessively drill them with the squad and how do they then continually change the game and become forever famous for particular elements of play and inspire anti-formation wrinkles?
Don't worry. I won't be waiting around for any good answer. Some saying it are just sticking up for the coach and others just can't bear constructive criticism, with any such remarks immediately binned as so-called negativity. Because in our age, false positivity has become better than facing problems. Because that always works out so well.
Hell, for my honest critiques, I am even being told I hate Klinsmann and/or the US team. As if imperfect people and things you admire should be spared anything but the fluffiest skirt-fluffing.
Why do formations exist and thrive and change the game? Because they matter. A lot. Duh.
- Greg Seltzer