George O’Callaghan: Not Everybody Has Salah and Aguero In Their Teamsby Cork Sports News February 21, 2020
The atmosphere was building nicely at Turners Cross last Friday night before the game.
As you would expect, the first ten minutes was high tempo backed by a passionate display from both sets of supporters.
After 30 minutes, the atmosphere started to fade and the nervousness in the stadium that has been there in the last 10 months crept back in.
As I watched the game, I started to wonder about all these new coaching styles and formations.
It seems everybody wants to play 4-3-3 or whatever Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are doing.
But not everybody has Mo Salah and Aguero in their teams, so basically 4-3-3 turns into a negative formation if not played correctly.
For instance, it’s a fact that no team out of the five games played last weekend scored a goal in the first half, that’s 225 minutes plus without a goal.
You can have a good team shape on blackboards and laptops but unfortunately the game is played on grass.
I don’t know if it’s me being old fashioned but certainly if I was a manager when playing at home,
what is wrong in playing two strikers up front, two tricky fast wingers out wide, an attacking midfielder and a ball winner in centre midfield?
Wouldn’t that be better than both managers trying to cancel the other team out with one upfront and the rest defending?
I would want my team to entertain at home, go out and let the other team worry about us.
Goals and attacking football is what gets kids to games and the people off their seats.
Down through the years 4-4-2 was the DNA of every club.
That all seems to be wiped out through the league with coaching manuals and badges that are sometimes coached by individuals that have never kicked a football in their life.
Getting back to the City game Friday night, it’s not easy to have so many new players to blend into a new team.
I have total faith that Fenny will make it all click soon, even though with two tough games ahead it’s vital that the fans get behind the squad now more than ever.
Also I’m looking forward to watching Cobh Ramblers Saturday night against Drogheda, best of look to Stuart and all the lads.
George’s Predictions For The Weekend
Rovers 1 – 1 City
Derry City 2 – 1 Finn Harps
Shels 1 – 3 Dundalk
Waterford 2 – 1 Bohs
Cobh 2 – 1 Drogheda