Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tactical Nous

"Arsenal are a great passing team. We must make sure we pass the ball better than them."

According to the ubiquitous club insider that was the sum total of Kevin Keegan's Arsenal pre-match teamtalk. This is, by all accounts, a 'bad thing'. A few weeks ago, when we had a manager noted for his tactical acumen, the instructions would have been to sit on the edge of our own penalty area, hoof the ball up the pitch towards the one static target, and let the wingers run like hell after it before it comes bouncing straight back.

Funnily enough, that didn't seem to work very well either.

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