Imagine you suddenly find yourself in charge of a bunch of four-year-olds about to play their first game of football.
The youngsters are revved up, have short attention spans and are under pressure to perform from their pushy parents. Amidst the excitement they could easily lose sight of what they're really meant to do.
Reduced to its simplest, your initial pre-match job as manager is to get across one clear over-riding message to the team members: “If you're going to win the game you have to score at least one goal – and more if you can.”
Sure they'll need to keep the ball out of their own goalmouth. But even if they defend perfectly, they won't actually win the game unless they get the ball into their ...