"Tactically, we have seen a different trend with teams trying to play back threes and with a lot of success. Personally I think the influence of Chile has been very beneficial. So from a neutral point of view, I think it has been the best World Cup to watch games."
"The only way that you can unsettle the approach that Spain had was to be dynamic, use the counter-attack well and expose the back four of the possession team. ... That has given a completely different approach to the game than it was four years ago."
"There is a real legacy growing in this new England set-up. I love the eye-to-eye mentality and having a really brave outlook about their performances. The defeat against Uruguay was marginal, the game against Italy was very small margins as well, not to get the victory. Overall, it's a positive approach, and I think there is an understanding from the English public that there needs to be a bit of patience and a structured path to be successful; not just to be good in big tournaments, but to try to win a big tournament. "
"Louis van Gaal is a fantastic manager and he has been showing that for years. He has created a very specific way of working that has affected a lot of managers. His experience is going to be a real asset for the Premier League. "
"The players have been more open-minded; they know that everyone should be able to defend and everyone should be able to attack. With that in mind, it's a lot easier to be flexible with your systems both in games and between games."
"What we saw in South Africa was a real understanding of trying to keep the ball, trying to base your football in possession and the 4-2-3-1 system became very much the way of playing. Now I think there's going to be a real change in that; there's a more dynamic approach, you need to be flexible with your tactical awareness. As a manager, you need to find what suits your players rather than trying to be trendy with your approach in games."
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1 Posted 08/07/2014 at 10:29:47
2 Posted 08/07/2014 at 10:52:41
Coming new to Everton, he first had to teach the players to retain and be comfortable with possession and maybe the next evolution is a counter-attacking passing side that is more than just the kick and rush of our neighbours.
3 Posted 08/07/2014 at 10:54:47
Bobby, seems to fancy 3 at the back and we've got the ideal full backs to carry it off; personally, I think unless 1 of the 3 is a spare man, it's generally a case of "I thought you was picking him up". But who knows... maybe Bobby's looking at Stones to play the 'Beckenbauer' role.
Interesting times ahead.
4 Posted 08/07/2014 at 11:15:06
5 Posted 08/07/2014 at 11:44:19
WTF is this "eye-to-eye mentality"? Is it like going "toe-to-toe" or is it some Biblical reference?
Whatever about his other comments, I cannot agree with his summary on England's performance. Tactically they were very poor, the players were naÃ¯ve and, as always, they were made to look like mugs.
6 Posted 08/07/2014 at 19:56:53
7 Posted 08/07/2014 at 20:27:55
8 Posted 09/07/2014 at 17:34:27
Now itÂs more usual to defend all over the pitch !!
9 Posted 10/07/2014 at 04:03:00
10 Posted 10/07/2014 at 15:37:56
11 Posted 11/07/2014 at 13:33:11
12 Posted 12/07/2014 at 17:37:47
It's our new approach, when we visit the grounds of the big boys. One solitary point at the grounds of the top six, would suggest it's even less effective than "taking a knife to a gunfight " ... but some people just lap it up.
You're right about Robbie's summary of England's World Cup performance too, Ciaran. The guy talks utter garbage sometimes.
13 Posted 12/07/2014 at 18:17:02
14 Posted 12/07/2014 at 18:32:06
Eye-To-Eye reverts to "give the opposition a game without being fearful of them"
England were tactically astute - I am trying to be pleasant, as I am a guest in this country - but the players were ill-equipped to implement the managers tactics out on the pitch.
Unique - Every player has his own particular qualities some good some bad
Outstanding - The boy done good
"As a manager, you need to find what suits your players rather than trying to be trendy with your approach in games" - On the budget I've been given we will have to squeeze the pips as hard as possible compared to the teams we are competing with.
Phenomenal - above average performance from the lad
Top Professional - Works hard and applies himself well on and off the pitch.
Other quotes will be suitably translated in the near future.
15 Posted 12/07/2014 at 18:50:25
16 Posted 12/07/2014 at 18:40:06
He made some howlers (imo) at the business end of last season and I blamed him for not securing top 4, but he is still a relatively young manager, he's as sharp as a knife, and I think he can learn and become a top top manager (providing he doesn't get sidetracked, concentrating on his future career in the media).
I promised myself I wouldn't be backing Everton for top four, but I couldn't resist throwing my 25 quid on this morning, especially as the bet was matched, because I opened a new account.
I know at lot can happen in the transfer window, but now he back is behind his desk and focused on Everton, I think he may have learned enough last season to make me believe he will get the right players in and I will get a decent run for me money.
I figure that Wenger, Jose and Pellegrini are as good as they will ever be, but our guy has lots of potential for improvement.
Still talks shite though.
17 Posted 12/07/2014 at 19:18:38
A long run in Europe is deffo a possibility however.
18 Posted 12/07/2014 at 19:19:21
19 Posted 12/07/2014 at 19:28:36
As you would expect, the bookies are giving less than nothing away, I could have gotten 7/1, but I took 13/2 because they would match my bet (effectively giving me 13/1). I did the same last year.
I don't expect the European games to have the detrimental effect as some fear. Having seen Martinez's approach to youngsters, I don't think he'll have any quarms at all about saving senior players by giving them their opportunity in this competition.
20 Posted 12/07/2014 at 19:55:14
Spurs are half the odds of Everton to finish in the top 4. How did the bookies work that one out?
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