I watched engrossed last week as Jose Mourinho masterminded a defeat of the “mighty” Man City – the most destructive attacking force in the EPL. Chelsea’s miserly defence took the points, disturbing the Sky Blues’ aura and audacity.
In the same 24hrs Sports News was reporting that Seattle, with a vaunted defense, had smashed Denver, the great offensive side, in the SuperBowl.
It was a stark message to those who want to win.
Is this a trend or a truism? Circumstantial or significant?
And does the mantra of a stingy defense beating a swarming attack translate across the sporting spectrum?