For all the criticisms Jose Mourinho receives for “parking the bus”, there’s no denying that this an extremely effective strategy for winning soccer matches: remain calm and patient, let the opposition come at you, and when they make a mistake pounce on it. Not very pretty perhaps, but it’s the result that counts.
Another reason for Mourinho’s success is that he never takes the opposition lightly and carries out thorough preparations for each game no matter what side his team is playing. No doubt he would subscribe to Laozi’s view that “There is no greater disaster than underestimating the enemy.”
A military commander once said:
“I dare not take the offensive, but would rather stay on the defensive.
I dare not move forward an inch, but would rather retreat a foot.”
This is called advancing without advancing;
Raising your arm without striking;
Holding your weapon without using it;
Attacking your enemy without engaging them.
There is no greater disaster than underestimating the enemy.
Underestimating the enemy is tantamount to losing everything you hold dear.
For this reason, when two evenly-matched armies battle,
The side that retreats first will win.