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The Italians highlighted a weakness in our play last night.....when teams like Spain and indeed Italy had 2 or 3 players closing them down they used it as a positive that there was space elsewhere on the pitch for their teammates and were cool and calm in releasing the ball to one of their own players. We, on the other hand, when presented with opposition players closing us down, panicked and ended up either hoofing it or giving the ball away. We need to instill some kind of confidence or something in our players to stop this happening....the world football scene has changed into a game about tactics and possession rather than a game where guts win out....we are f*cked basically! lol
Exactly Jay. Its partly a lack of confidence by the player on the ball but its also about...
Its partly a lack of confidence by the player on the ball but its also about skill level. We just don't look comfortable on the ball and when pressured we panic and hoof it. BUT half the reason the Spanish and Italians did not do that is what happens OFF the ball.
We had no options. Our players were walking around looking like they did not want the ball so we had no one to pass the bl00dy thing to. What type of football is that FFS!!!
Its a shame because lots of people will point to the fact that we reached the QF's and say everything is ok or not too bad when the reality is we were very poor technically and that false hope will hold us back even more.
If we cant find better than Milner and Young then what chance do we stand.
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'....Its a shame because lots of people will point to the fact that we reached the QF&...
'....Its a shame because lots of people will point to the fact that we reached the QF's and say everything is ok or not too bad when the reality is we were very poor technically and that false hope will hold us back even more....'
Yes, agreed, the results papered over the poor performances. People saw a result as if that somehow reflected how we played.
The only good thing, is that if the FA approach it right, we have 4 years to put it right. Try to qualify for the World Cup fine, but at least put a plan in place to look 4 years away to the next Euros. I don't want a young team - so I wouldn't just advocate bringing on the youngsters - as really it should be about who can play football - and if there's someone there who'll be 33 next Euros I'm OK with that as long as they aren't just a workhorse.
I'm not sure that the whole set up is right. I've never been convinced by Stuart Pearce as a manager. He seems to epitomise the work ethic/courage over skill bit to me. You need a set up where players can move seamlessly up from the U21's as the style of football is the same.