Lay the ball offPlayers and managers are often interviewed after a game, and often when they are asked why they lost a game, they often  reply, ‘The other team wanted it more.’ This is our Weekly Football Phrase.
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(to) Want it more

If a team gives a disappointing performance and loses a match, a player or manager may give many reasons. It could be a refereeing decision, a lucky goal, or today’s weekly football phrase, the other team (they) wanted it more. The ‘it‘ refers to the win, winning the match, and so they wanted it more means that the opposition had more passion than the losing team; the losing team’s players didn’t put enough effort or fight into their performance. To want it more. (see also our cliche post – they wanted it more)

  • Example: “Against an okay team, we made it easy for them. I expected us to win. It’s very disappointing. They wanted it more. (Steven Gerrard talking about Liverpool’s loss against Basel)
  • Example: The player headed home after good work by the captain set him up. .
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