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06-26-2012, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Millhaus View Post
England lacks great technical players. English football is built on power and hard work while playing at a very fast pace. You don't develop technical players focusing on what they do. Their inability to hold the ball against Italy was embarrassing and it isn't like Italy are some great pressing side that give you no time on the ball.

Germany went through a period where they stressed pace and power over technique and their football suffered as a result. But they realized their error and changed their development approach quite a bit and the generation they have now speaks for the results.

England can do the same thing but I have my doubts whether they ever will as their mentality is different IMO.
Couldn't agree more about England's flawed player development. However, a big part of their miserable performance against Italy was coaching. The coach was playing an extremely conservative system, not unlike #hunterhockey. They kept their entire team behind the ball, didn't pressure at all, and never committed forward in numbers. You can't expect them to be able to hold the ball if they're attacking with only 3-4 players.

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