Parking the bus

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.”

「用兵有言曰:吾不敢為主,而為客;吾不敢進寸而退尺,是謂行無行,攘無臂,執無兵,扔無敵。禍莫大於輕敵,輕敵幾喪吾寶;故抗兵相加,哀者勝矣!」
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.

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