Everton ? supported on the footballing front ? and (me being of an Indian origin) the Indian national cricket team. Both teams about which I am very passionate about but why does one disappoint me and another do me proud?
Well, I see a team in Everton who are frustrating. A very good team on it's day and a match for anyone; however, the way this team is coached is to set out and not to get beaten, and try and beat the opponent if an opportunity arises.
Now the analogy I make with the Indian National cricket team, and it made me think about Everton when watching them, is that they just go for the win, no matter if the series has already been won. Having watched India beat Australia in the two tests recently, they went 1-0 up and didn't for one minute decide to play for a draw, which they could easily have done, but they actually went on the attack and took on the opposition (bowlers) and went for the kill. The mentality instilled in this team is to keep on winning, irrespective of the outcome already attained.
My point is, with Everton, they are team who are cautious; they will defend a slender lead and never chase for a second. I would just like to see more adventure in my beloved blues ? just as I see in the Indian cricket team.
Kunal Desai, Posted 14/10/2010 at 18:48:19
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1 Posted 14/10/2010 at 19:39:10
You'll know better than me but I'd say the Indian teams whole mentality and skill base is to attack and therefore any attempt to go defensive would be counter-productive although I'm sure if needs must you have guys who could bat all day for a draw.
Anyway thanks for softening up The Aussies for us!
2 Posted 14/10/2010 at 20:30:57
Good points, we are a little cautious, I think due to a lack of confidence in our striking abilities.
Let's hope we go for it on Sunday.
3 Posted 14/10/2010 at 20:41:12
4 Posted 14/10/2010 at 20:51:35
5 Posted 14/10/2010 at 21:05:36
Tendulker is to cricket, what Diego Maradona the player (not manager) is to football. So, if Everton had Maradona, as he was in the mid 80s, in the current squad, then we might be more adventurous and expansive. But we don't and we try to make the best with what we have... a lot like the England cricket team.
6 Posted 14/10/2010 at 21:22:39
This is generally the same ploy for most teams in the Premier League. Scoring the first goal home or away is so important as it psychologically affects the opponents if only for a short while but allows the scoring team to pull everyone back behind the ball as soon as the team who is behind gets possession. It is frustrating to watch but it is something the Italians introduced many years ago and proved successful.
Unless you have exceptional squads and excellent scoring players, like Chelsea, then you play a much more cautious game. With Saha continually out and the midfielders lacking in goalscoring, it is left to an overworked Cahill to snatch a goal in most games. If and when Everton get some good financing then I am sure they will get some more top class players with goalscoring ability which may alter the style of play.
7 Posted 14/10/2010 at 22:35:07
8 Posted 14/10/2010 at 22:36:44
That's total nonsense. I actually think we have quite a talented group of players. A happy, fully fit, well-oiled Everton team would give all Europa teams a hiding and most Champions League teams too.
9 Posted 14/10/2010 at 22:44:07
10 Posted 14/10/2010 at 22:52:08
11 Posted 15/10/2010 at 00:51:19
12 Posted 15/10/2010 at 10:14:05
With regards to Everton it all comes down to playing players in their rightful positions.
13 Posted 15/10/2010 at 12:52:37
14 Posted 15/10/2010 at 13:13:03
15 Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:08:56
16 Posted 15/10/2010 at 14:53:03
and with the latest injury news about Fellaini, what formation Moyes puts out will have to work really hard for 90mns to get a result on Sunday.
Lets hope they are all up for it.
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