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QPR have had a rather good start to the Championship season, and have played some excellent free-flowing attacking football as they look to move up the division.
One of the key people behind their great start is manager Mark Warburton who has had a tremendous period as R’s boss since he was appointed.
Warburton has completely turned things around at the club, and they now look like dangerous challengers to the top-half rather than a side who is used to flirting with relegation, like they have for several of the past seasons.
The former Nottingham Forest manager has stated that possession doesn’t mean success, which is such a key comment to make, especially in the current climate of the game where managers are so eager and hungry to have possession of the ball.
This comment made by Warburton will have been a good insight to how others think, and potentially should think as there are many teams who have struggled in the Championship when trying their best to keep possession of the football.
One example would be Reading, they often try to play a possession-based game, and under Jaap Stam a couple of seasons ago almost went down when teams figured out how to play against them.
Looking at the successes, and Fulham under Slavisa Jokanovic was absolutely brilliant, purely down to the way that they played when they had possession of the football. It wasn’t passing for the sake of it, but more using their front players’ movement to create space for the rest of the side, and if there was no way through they’d turn back and keep the ball.
This is vital to take in, that having the ball doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to be successful. Another side who are an excellent example is Cardiff City under Neil Warnock, they constantly have very little of the ball but always find a way to cause the opposition problems, and even got promoted playing this way.
Warburton’s comments should ring true in a lot of manager’s heads, and he should be praised, not for necessarily stating what he said but for realising that there is more to football than having possession of the ball.