Clues can be buried deep sometimes, and sometimes one has to look at things from a different angle to see things as they are, not as they appear to be.
And in coaching, one has to see things from a multitude of perspectives, for sometimes the solution isn’t always the most obvious, and sometimes it takes looking in another direction to see the clues. So the following is a real scenario from a tournament I went to.
We were to play a team in the knockout phase with real fast Wingers, who were the oppositions main attack weapons, and they had been cutting up the other teams in pool play, and people would come up to me and say, watch that team, they’ve got fast wingers mate.
How To Analyze A Soccer Game
Hhmm, all interesting, and the general way to nullify them would be to mark the wingers all game, put your halves hard onto them.
But the issue is, it doesn’t matter how hard one marks them, at some stage they will get a break on you, and in tight games, one or two breaks is all they need to score.
So that’s not what I did as the coach, I came up with a solution after watching them to combat their strength. So how would you combat them?
A Strength Overused Becomes A Weakness
What I noticed in their previous game that it was the central midfielder who was feeding the wingers the ball all day, no one else was doing it, and in that observation lay a solution.
Get my Central Striker to mark and put pressure on their Central midfielder all game, in other words, Deny the wingers from their only source.
Well how did it go, in a tight game we ended up winning 1 – 0 and progressed to the semi-final.
In a twist of Irony, the strength of a team can also become it’s weakness