sabato 9 giugno 2012
The Dissertation of Fernando Santos
the hosts leading 1-0 thanks to a goal by Robert Lewandowski, insert a second defender would have been meaningless. Then, the Portuguese coach calling on Dimitris Salpingidis to replace Sotiris Ninis changed the game. Start with Ninis over Salpingidis as right forward was excusable: Ninis is highly regarded in Greek football circle. But the coach was good changing his mind and going with Salpinigidis in the second half. And Santos' choice to came out for the second half in a 4-4-1 shape, with two wide forwards, affected Poland: Greece nullified the man less. Removing central forward Theo Gekas to insert teenage attacking midfielder Kostas Fortounis on the left, moving Georgios Samaras as centre-forward, had an impact too. You can question Santos’ initial strategy but his reaction after the goal and the red card was great. He ruined hosts' gameplan. So, give credit to Santos for this point.