Football Cliche: (they) Wanted it more

This week, brings you a common football cliche – ‘They wanted it more’.

This week, brings you a common football cliche – ‘They wanted it more’. You can understand more about this cliche by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary, phrases and cliches by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.
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Football pundits and managers often use the football cliche, ‘Wanted it more‘. When talking about the result of a football game it is a team that wanted it more, or, when talking about a tackle, a player who wanted it more. ‘To want it more‘ implies that the subject had more heart, was more focused, played with more purpose than the opposition. If a team wanted it more, they played with more hunger an desire, were quicker and played with a good tempo. If a player wanted the ball more, they probably were very aggressive in the tackle, showed courage if you are being positive, or was reckless and illegal if you are being negative. In the Champions League semi final (2013) Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate – this was a big surprise and many pundits explained the second leg result at Barcelona, which ended 3-0, by saying that Munich wanted it more.

To want it more.


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