martedì 7 agosto 2012

Australian way

During the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has gone with different formations. Osieck utilized a 4-4-2 diamond formation with Marco Bresciano (Al Nasr) as attacking midfielders behind the forwards Harry Kewell (Melbourne Victory) and Alex Brosque (Shimizu S-Pulse). 
Then he switched to a 4-4-1/4-5-1 with Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) as the lone striker, and an attacking midfielder behind him. Another formation he employed was the 4-4-2 with Kennedy and Tim Cahill (Everton) as forwards, and two holding midfielders as Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) and Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace). These changes of pattern were the signs of Osieck’s approach, i.e. of a new coach in a new brend of football. As Osieck is becoming more familiar with Australians' skills, he will have time to fix a base formation. Osieck's approach is that if you’re in form you have the chance of play for the Socceroos. So some writers want to see new players, as Massimo Luongo, Richard Porta, Luke deVere, Chris Herd, Mate Dugandzic,  Matthew Ryan, employed next games. But a tactical question remains: what is best fit for the Australians? The 4-4-2 diamond allowed the Australian team to have a technical midfield in the middle of the pitch, with overlapping full-backs, as Jade North (Consadole Sapporo), ready to give team the width. Osieck played a 4-4-2 diamond against Saudi Arabia, after a poor defensive match played against Thailand. The constants of all Osieck’s fomamtions were the utilization of a 4-men back line and two holding  midfielders. The question is how to put on the field the best players according with those concepts. As for the holding pair, names as Jason Culina (Newcastle Jets), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough), Chris Herd (Aston Villa), Royston Griffiths (Guangzhou), and Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow) could emerge for the starting jobs. In a 4-4-2, Bresciano could be lined up as central midfielders, winger or as attacking midfielder behind a lone forward.  Using a two strikers system can allow Australia to line up some of its most gifted players at the same time.  By the way, playing in a 4-4-2 formation could create troubles for the Socceroos in the middle against other international teams that usually employ three central midfielders formations such as 4-3-3, 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1. To nullify the central inferiority 3 vs 2, is pivotal the work of Australia’s forwards which have to drop back into midfield to close the central lines of pass. Are the Australian forwards able to do it? Up top, Osieck utilized Josh Kennedy, Alex Brosque, Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill, and Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory) - that also played as left midfielder. Kennedy is a central striker but not a defensive hard worker. Kewell is too old to ask him a defensive work. There are Brosque and Cahill but is hard to image the national team without both Kennedy and Kewell out from the starting line up although Brosque made a good defensive work against Japan. The Socceroos are not a force into international football, so Osieck has to put emphasis on the collective. But also he can't leave out the most gifted players.

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