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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Premier League Season Preview – Part 3

Written by on August 11, 2011 | 11 Comments »
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We’re past the halfway point in our 4-part Premier League Season Preview.  Poducer Luke sets up teams 11 through 15, and Bobby & Eoin knock ’em down and drag ’em out (to about 6 minutes of intelligent back-&-forth conversation per…).  Don’t forget, Eoin chimes in with 5 more “celebrity comparisons”.  Part 4 is still to come on Friday… enjoy!

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11 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Premier League Season Preview – Part 3”

  1. Mark says:

    Bobbie & Eoin: I don’t know if anyone is going to do a piece on the US v. Mexico match, so I am commenting here. You will both probably call me naive and a typical US fan again, for asking the Coach to discuss some strategy along with formation, with the players. Its not hard to show them video of prior matches and point out their habit of not moving into space, to receive a pass. I did it with last night’s match, by simply pausing he video each time a US player recieved a ball, then pointing out how surrounding players were actually moving so that a Mexican player was between them and the player with the ball (making them a difficult person to pass to). Its not hard to teach triangles. Yes, it takes practice to implement the lesson, but moving into space just takes awareness. In fact, during a US throw in, I watched Donovan and Beckerman actually move towards Mexican players instead of staying in open space, to receive the throw in. Second, with a five man midfield, there was no reason for the left and right midfield players to pinch in, rather than mark their opposite number. Several times Donovan was almost central while Salcedo was just waiting near the touchline, and once he got the pass, Donovan had to track back into Fullback territory, just to catch him, rather than playing nearer to him to intercept the pass. Those were just two examples of things a coach can work on.
    Yes, its Klinsmann’s first match, and I know it will take alot of work, but I didn’t see any difference other than team selection last night. I hope you’ll both discuss your thoughts on last night’s performance and what, if any, differences you saw. Hopefully, he will try Feilhaber as a playmaker and ask Bradley to play deep next time (as our central midfield pairing).

  2. So what went right? One of things we kept on hearing from US fans was that Bradley was not positive. Surely if we expect the coach to be positive then the fans should reciprocate at least for a honeymoon period.

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  4. Mark says:

    Well, I liked him trying new players on the left. I also liked that he tried Buddle, although he didn’t get on the ball much. I also like how animated and positive he was during the mid-match interview. I will certainly be patient, but that doesn’t mean I won’t point out what I perceive as flaws in the meantime. I’m also a Manchester United fan, and I’m just as critical of SAF, whether they win the EPL or not.
    Am I being unfair?

  5. Soccerlogical says:

    re: USA vs MEX

    positive = Klinsi utilized Bradley as more of a play-maker and tried out a few players from the Mexican league in defense.

    negative = Edson Buddle…really? If there was ever a dim witted country bumpkin.

    I hear the Queen of England has ordered this weekend’s EPL matches to proceed so that all the die hard blue collar footie fans around the country can stamp out the UK riots. Rioters and looters will fall quicker than Nani in the penalty area should they interfere with England’s footie schedule! 🙂

  6. Mark – in my opinion yes. It is a game of flaws – you can sit and analyze the Barca performance from May at Wembley and find flaws.

    Players might thousands of decisions every game – multiple that by 22 and think of the impact exponentially on the range of options and it is mind boggling.

    We all get frustrated by mistakes but that is one of the keys to becoming a great player – how to manage and channel frustration.

    The prefect player and the perfect game are unattainable and it gives plenty of scope for those wanting to stress the negative.

    With less than two weeks since his appointment any comments about Klinsmann’s performance should be big picture rather than bound in detailed analysis.

    It was a friendly and particularly at the international level it may be the only way for a coach to find out who really has it and who are the imposters.

    If I had time with Klinsmann I would be asking about the major objectives he has in the short and medium term – not what formation he wants to play or how he is going to coach players.

  7. SL – Can we assume that her majesty tweeted you the information.

  8. Soccerlogical says:

    Bobby – We text actually.

  9. Far more civilized and royal.

  10. Soccerlogical says:

    “Lizzy”, as I call her loves those smiley faces in her text messages! 🙂

  11. RDM says:

    Well that follows since it’s basically impossible to properly text a queenly wave of the hand.

    In the wonderful words of Luba Goy “Hem hem hem!”

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