Following on from yesterday’s post about space, watch this a few times (Messi scoring last night against Real Betis).
The Betis defence is mainly on the far side of the pitch. Barcelona – who habitually station a man very wide on either flank – move the ball quickly to the other side, stretching the play and making the pitch big. Their passing is quick, the defence can’t settle, they score. So, so simple. If it were that simple everyone would do it, of course, but this attack is everything that Fulham are often not at the moment (and Jol talks about it quite a lot in post match interviews so he knows it, too).