Whites lost the game 10-2 in regulation time. What looked a decent and balanced set of line-ups on paper turned out to be rather lop-sided in practice. It happens sometimes. Captains agreed to make a swop and reset the score and Whites won the extra time game 2-1. We could have made the call to swop earlier but it would have been a tough call because Whites were still competitive. Kudos to Moritz for the sporting gesture in coming to me first with the offer to switch and reset the score. Ball credit to Calvin.
I swapped with Lin qi with15 mins to play . Whites had quality players but Guess could not play as a team . Reds played well with good passes and Damian had his dream position playing as a striker for good 20 mins .
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Not played before with most of the players from yesterday. Seemed like a number of the Reds perhaps play together regularly as they seemnd to have a good understanding between them, working great 1-2s and setting up a host of flamboyant shooting opportunites.
Surprisingly unbalanced CNY game, not a good day for the ones of us put into the white team.
Bad line ups is usually the first guess and can of course be one of the factors. There are also others:
Whites were hesitant to change their positioning even when it was already clear that the initially chosen setup did not work well against reds play that was characterized by fast passes, good options of open men due to rotations and running into open spaces, as well as pressure on the ball controlling player based on a high-positioned defense.
- Whites defense was not well coordinated against this setup, and several times the red strikers were not man-marked which was of course also not an easy task given the speed of the attacks. The struggling defense would have needed a reinforcement right from the start. - Whites center often kept the ball too long and had a hard time to find open men and surprising solutions to confuse the red lines of defense because reds effectively closed free spaces and man-marked the red strikers. - My impression was that several white players did not fit into the role that had been assigned to them on the field, and the changes came hesitantly and just on a few positions.
Some individual players were going strong that day: Honda is my MOTM as he orchestrated the reds gameplay from the center and showed precise and dangerous passes to the strikers Jake, Anthony, and Damian who also played together very well.
Another factor in favor of reds was pass accuracy of the individual players as well as team play.
Lineups don't always turn out well even when on paper the teams look evenly matched. I think in terms of individual players and skill levels, Reds were very balanced with White team but as Moritz pointed out Whites had many players out of position (as evidenced when Lin Qi found his sweet spot when he switched to Red team in a striker role when he was in def all along) and found it difficult to gel together. Critically, they didnt have any Defence and as a result Jake, Honda, Mortiz and Ants tore into them w some slick passing moves!
Thanks to Raj for letting me play as striker cldnt believe my ears when Raj said to play up front Lol! New found respect for all who play upfront was very tiring hehe. Good decision to switch players as once Whites got Raj in Defence they held together nicely and were ahead when we called it a day.
Ps. Honda was also my MOTM as he trapiezed around all over the pitch working his magic in def, midfield and Attack! Tho' special mention to Raj who was a goal shy of a hat trick for his unselfish and sound tactical play as captain.