Nowadays there is a term that manages to confuse especially because in society and in the laws of a community they are almost synonymous words. This description can be applied to football. Even to any sport. But in football is not the same. Aggression is not the same as violence. There is a narrow but at the same time immense line of difference. .
When you recognize a player or teams that is violent is when they are very abrupt when fighting the ball. More physical than intelligent. Kicking players, constantly pushing rivals in an intense way, not having importance to the integrity of this sport. This is violence. And yes, there are teams that have this style of game and others that usually adapt it according to the circumstances of the game. To understand me I will set an example: Espanyol. Maybe not in this last derby, but Catalan Derby is usually extremely dangerous for Barça players. Espanyol in previous years didn’t play aggressively, they played violently. With the purpose of wearing down the rivals a lot to take advantage of them in counterattacks. .
On the other hand we have aggressiveness. Many think it's wrong if they call a team aggressive. In the first instance we think it is a violent team. Who plays more for his physique than for his football. I have even heard Espanyol call an "aggressive" team when it is not. It's not that I have something against them but I think it's a great example.
Being aggressive is more about playing football in the most intense way possible. Feel the shirt colors. Run from one place to another without getting tired. Fight all the balls without hurting the opponent. Pressing up once the ball is lost. Have a solid defense and very well concentrated. Create long possessions but at the same time give a clear chance of scoring. That is aggressiveness. Barça used to do it. We were aggressive. Other teams such as Bayern, City, Setien’s Betis, Liverpool. They are teams that are clear that in football being aggressive is fine and has nothing to do with being violent.
With Setién I would expect Barça to recover that aggressiveness. That ambition to win games. That love for this sport. - 21 minutes ago