As much as I am proud and happy that my country got its first appearance In a FIFA world cup finals, I hate to admit it that they could’ve gave a great fight to the u-17 team of United States of America. Here are some points which I think caused a great deal of damage to the winning mentality of the ‘ men in blues ‘.
Well no doubt that a 4-2-3-1 is not a weak formation and definitely, not the one to go easy on. But sometimes, it can backfire. This formation is good for having possession but it can get you some goals only if you have energetic full backs and midfielders who can cover a lot of ground. In my opinion the Indians should’ve used a 4-5-1 formation if they wanted ‘not to concede’ as it can be varied to 4-3-3 or a 4-4-1-1 if you’re feeling confident. The formation was wrong for the Indians as they didn’t have engines to run on which left the striker isolated and even then, they strived for position. I am not a specialist in the tactics if the beautiful game, but I doubted that the blues carry out the formation from the beginning
The wrong thinking
Football, as we all know it, is an attacking game and more of a physical one. So you try your full force to break through the opposition defence by your speed, physicality or your skills. But there’s a counter thinking of it which often times, lead to digging their own graves. The thinking of ‘if you can’t score, don’t concede’. The damage limitation thing should be done when you know that there’s nothing you can do for this game to be turned around. But not when you’re 1-0 down at 45 minutes and attacking good. Let me say it in one sentence “India defended in numbers and USA attacked in numbers”. I comprehensively hate this thinking of Indian u-17 team coach Luis Norton de Marcos because it sink our players’ thinking and adrenaline to go beyond and do something GLORIOUS. He said he borrowed something from the great Jose Mourinho’s tactical playlist but he didn’t know that he can’t execute it.
The home ‘ disadvantage’
Some ideas in sports are universally accepted but home advantage is one of those unique and somehow non-realistic idea in the field. There was a time when Manchester united was undefeatable (truly undefeatable) at Old Trafford (their home ground) but that was the time when the greatest British manager of all time (perhaps the greatest overall manager) sir Alex Ferguson was in charge. The home advantage is real but sometimes can be turned into a ‘home choke’ which was the case happened at Delhi. The players played but didn’t feel ‘at home’ as they’re were inferior to the opposite players of USA. Because when you’re not ready enough, it doesn’t matter whether you’re at home or away.
Well it’s just the first game of the cup for the team and they proved some good points like they defended quite well in early but they went unlucky when they conceded the harsh penalty given by the referee. So I hope they play well onwards. #BackTheBlue