Everyone in soccer is constantly talking about tactics. In recent years, we’ve gushed over the development of conservative 11-men-behind-the-ball approaches, the growth of tiki-taka and passenaccio, the rise of the mythical 4-2-3-1, and the spread of gegenpressing and counterattacking. I love this stuff. My friends will tell you that I’ll never open up to anyone like I will during a conversation about high-pressing defensive schemes. A good tactical plan for a game can encapsulate everything beautiful about the world: artistry, hard work, intelligence, and the sudden harmony of different minds. I’d be better off if I described the girls I date like I do soccer.