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Am I the only one who does not like the long ball from the goalie?

I watched the Ireland game and the Cameroon/Argentina games and their goalies usually rolled or kicked the ball to a back who then advanced the ball under control.

Giorgio Chinaglia on TV was saying that Trap does not like the long ball pass, he prefers possession. So why then does he have the goalie kick the ball downfield all the time. This seems to be an Italian tradition, and I don't like it. It would be one thing if we were real good at winning the ball as it comes down on these long kicks but we are not. We consistently lose possession on these plays.

I don't get it. What is the rationale behind the long kick? Is it to conserve energy by sparing the backs the trouble of advancing the ball under possession?
 
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