When we watch at a high performing soccer/football team, our eyes naturally follow the work done on the ball. Intricate passes, skillful ball control, and powerful shots.
But a lot of top level football players and teams are capable of skill once they have the ball. Great teams become so because of the work they do off the ball.
Great teams work hard to press their opponents into giving away control of the ball, they get into great positions to receive passes from their teammates, and they keep pace with their opponents during a counter attack.
The work done off the ball – a result of tremendous effort on the training ground – make all the heroics in the spotlight possible.
Much like in our careers and life.