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    Defensive tactics blamed for lack of goals and excitement at Euro 2024 and Copa America

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    Fear of Conceding Stifles Creativity in Euro and Copa Competition

    With defensive tactics taking precedence over attacking flair, fan excitement has reached an all-time low during the Euro 2024 and Copa America tournaments according to many observers. Teams appear more afraid of letting in goals than pursuing them, leading to a string of lackluster matches between the top sides.

    Public criticism and Internet backlash towards teams that lose have pushed managers to adopt ultra-cautious set-ups, prioritizing shape and structure over adventure going forward. The effects are clear when examining the statistics. Goals per game have declined sharply from previous Euro tournaments, with both Euro 2024 and Copa America averaging less than 2.3 goals per match. Several quarterfinal clashes in the two competitions produced a meager total of just a handful of strikes between them.

    While some isolated moments of skill like Rafael Leão's trickery or Cristiano Ronaldo's antics may live on in fan's memories, by and large the football on display has been ponderous and joyless according to critics. Even traditional attacking powerhouses like England and France have struggled to break down defenses, with the Three Lions scoring a paltry five goals and Les Bleus yet to find the net from open play at Euro 2024.

    A rare exception to this trend of negative play has been Spain, who have topped charts for attempts on goal and chance creation thanks to the directness of wingers like Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams. Yet for the most part matches have become tactical slogs focusing on retaining possession and shape with little urgency or risk-taking in the final third. Legendary coach Marcelo Bielsa recently lamented the declining quality of football, pinning blame on interests prioritized over .

    Unless teams find the courage to take more risks in pursuit of goals again, fan excitement for the 's biggest tournaments may continue waning. The semi-finals present an opportunity for sides to inject some much-needed attacking verve and drama back into proceedings. But if defensive football maintains its stranglehold, Euro 2024 and Copa America may be remembered as a low point for mainstream international soccer.

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