When people are urging Jose to copy Southgate…
3 months ago, 14 June 16:04
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Man United in Southgate’s system
With World Cup fever in full swing, I figured the only way of sneaking a United email into the mailbox would be to stick an England twist on it.
And to that regard, I’m nicking Matt’s idea from Wednesday’s edition, as I’m completely convinced that Southgate’s take on a 352 is tailor made for squeezing every drop of potential out of Mourinho’s current crop.
So, starting at the back:
Talented, ball-playing centre-backs whose inexperience and rash nature would benefit from a central sweeper for back up? Check! (Bailly and Lindelof)
Ready-made wing-backs who have either migrated back from more attacking positions, or have shown glimmers going forwards whilst picking up criticism for their defensive positioning? Check! (Young, Valencia, Shaw)
A single, experienced midfield pivot, and creative attacking midfielders who make things happen further up the pitch, but probably lack the discipline to play a deeper role? Check! (Matic/Fred, Pogba, Lingard)
Out and out forwards who would be far better suited to battling it out for a central position alongside Lukaku rather than being shunted out wide? Check! (Sanchez, Rashford, Soon to be gone Martial….)
And all it would take is Jose becoming tactically flexible, getting over his ego by openly plagiarising another manager’s set up, and throwing caution to the wind by freeing up his creative players at the risk of becoming more open at the back.
“Don’t fly too close to the sun, Icarus.”
Good luck England…from a Scotsman
One of these days Scotland will again go to an international tournament. When that day comes I just hope it’s on merit and not because FIFA has taken a piss on prestige and extended it to a silly number.
In the meantime I hope for tense games, exciting surprises, and some excellent days and nights with pals… and for England to do well.
You’ve got a really likable team at the moment with a decent man for a manager. You play good, occasionally great, football within a suitable system, and look more balanced than any England team has in recent years.
Beyond that, this time more than any could use a lightning rod success for a country to come together. There has been plenty written about the effects a successful football team can have on a country, providing a way to bond and celebrate as one, in spite of a current climate. With every mad thing that’s happening at the moment in the UK, it feels like it could mean so much more than just a successful football tournament if England do well.
Doug (until I Dr Strangelove it and shout for Tunisia) Glasgow
Who will f*** it up for England this time?
My bet is on Rashford conceding a decisive penalty in the q-finals against Brazil.
I’m not normally one to get caught up in World Cup Fever, but…I woke up this morning having dreamt that my wife had given birth to our first born (she is not pregnant ...
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