We do the same things in training, have players blessed with good technique yet turn into lunatics when the whistle goes. England don't have a footballing philosophy, which is why we'll never lift the Jukes Rimet...
Interesting what Hiddink says, Lampard and Gerrard are incredibly enthusiastic players who have natural drive and energy but this needs to be either tempered or catered for by a formation/system/players that support them as they match winners, whether there is room for them together is another question.
Their natural instincts to attack are hampered when they play together in that they both just want to go everywhere to get involved as they do for their clubs, where they can do it with 100% confidence because a) the teams are set up to allow this and b) they are usually dominant but for England who dont enjoy such dominance in possession because its not our way, it starts to get chaotic.
We have always say in midfield when we have a two that when one goes forward the other stays back and any players should have the vision and intelligence to see this but the problem is that the game is so quick sometimes by the time they have recognised the situation it's too late especially at international level and the split second spent to check your partners position can cost you vital time in joining in with the move. If there was clarity ie "YOU go forward and 95% of the time I will be behind you" then a player can go forward with total confidence and very quickly, as Lampard does for Chelsea when he plays in a three, with one definite controlling player and 2 able to attack knowing the security that backs them up
In England we dont have a definite philosophy or a 'way' of playing football. English Football is 'loose' which is a great thing and a bad thing at the same time. It gives freedom to players but also can lead to chaos. The perfect match is English freedom matched with a clear vision, a definite model, organisation, a way of playing that gives everybody definite roles within the team. The foreign managers will do this naturally like Mourinho because they can see the strengths and weaknesses in English Football because they are 'outsiders; the nearest any English managers have got to this are Venables and Hoddle.
In England we don't have a definite philosophy or a 'way' of playing football. English Football is 'loose' which is a great thing and a bad thing at the same time.
English players are almost too enthusiastic they want to and will run everywhere when sometimes its better to run less. But this enthusiasm is a great thing, I have just read that Ancelotti said that English players enjoy playing more than the Italians and I think this is true, English players just want to play football, they want to run and shoot and score, they like to be fit, they will sometimes abuse this fitness but will then work twice as hard to get it back! Crazy! David Pleat said to me that I loved the game too much, I didn't know what he meant at the time but I do now.
English players JUST want to play football, they are not, in the main, like the Dutch or the Italians who can sit for hours and hours and debate systems and tactics, they just want to get out and play, this is our problem! I still maintain that we have the material to be the best team in the world, I dont mean with the present first team I mean in the country itself but the problem comes through fear when the players are young, but this fear is not from the players but from the coaches.
All week they will train much like any other country, possession games, preaching this and that etc etc but when the game starts, stand back!! Because it goes crazy!! Everybody loses their heads and forgets everything! The absolute best of English football is when you get teams like Man Utd playing fast, attacking football, moving the ball quickly through the team and always looking to go forward as this is what the fans want. I think the difference between Englsih football and other foreign leagues is that usually in England you have 2 teams who are both trying to win the game, in other countries you will get 1 team trying to win and the other trying not to lose, this makes a massive difference to the spectacle.
The fans want this, actively encourage it and then complain it when the national team fails and we wouldnt have it any other way because whatever anybody says English club football is the most exciting to watch because its very honest and the teams always try to beat each other.
The lack of a definite football philosophy in comparison with say, the Dutch, causes confusion in England.
The standard start positions, even in the Premier League are a kick from the keepers hands or a throw to the full back a long high ball forward and start from there and this is just accepted. In England now people are beginning to discuss tactics more but I say that this is only relevant if you actually 'play' football, what tis the point of a man in front of your back four if all you do is constantly bang the ball forward? Positions become irrelevant if you dont use them to get in between players or lines or outnumber people, it is just a start position that looks good when the teams line up but becomes redundant when all of the players are looking skyward trying to guess where it will drop.
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