Jose Mourinho is famous for it, Juventus players inscribed it on the back of their hand in the 1998 Champions League final (went on to lose by that amount) and Fabio Capello’s career was based around it - it is the scoreline for the pragmatic, the fighters and the winners - or is it?
Evolution has seen football take on a more attacking approach, producing more quality upfront and less so at the back. We still have the likes of Sergio Ramos and Thiago Silva but even the ‘greatest Premier League defender’ Vincent Kompany is capable of a mistake or two rather often.
There are no more Franz Beckenbauers’ no more Franco Baresis and as such, can a team realistically guarantee 1-0 wins in the manner they used to in the past?
Shutting up shop, how Mourinho opted to do against Manchester United resulted in Chelsea dropping two points. Perhaps he was unlucky, had Bratislava Ivanovic stayed on…. but he’s not the first to realise this scoreline no longer offers guarantees.
A one goal cushion in this day and age, with the quality of our modern defenders, is no longer enough.