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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:40 am 
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It’s obvious that our 2 best defenders are very uncomfortable with the ball. Whenever they get the ball it’s always panick mode for me because they seem to lose it. Now, these 2 guys rightfully deserves that cb position based on their wcq performances. However, it’s probably late to teach them ball handling skills. Therefore, we should find an alternative. Last night I was impressed with Mascherano in the first half. Masherano is also a player not very comfortable with the ball. Therefore, he always releases the ball upon getting it through “long passes” I hope balogun and ekong should be thought the same. They should learn how to play long passes when they get the ball hoping that a pacy striker would get to it. What do y’all think?


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It’s obvious that our 2 best defenders are very uncomfortable with the ball. Whenever they get the ball it’s always panick mode for me because they seem to lose it. Now, these 2 guys rightfully deserves that cab position based on their wcq performances. However, it’s probably late to teach them ball handling skills. Therefore, we should find an alternative. Last night I was impressed with Mascherano in the first half. Masherano is also a player not very comfortable with the ball. Therefore, he always releases the ball upon getting it through “long passes” I hope balogun and ekong should be thought the same. They should learn how to play long passes when they get the ball hoping that a pacy striker would get to it. Why do y’all think?

What are you on about?
Have you seen Barca play? Do you know that Mascerano is a MF converted into a defender?

Anyway, defenders release the ball quickly to initiate quick attacks.
With the firepower Argentina has upfront, it is imperative that defenders take advantage by releasing that ball quickly.

BTW, Balogun is more comfortable on the ball than you think. Did you see him bomb forward with the ball when the had no one to pass it to?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:21 am 
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Mascherano plays for Barcelona but he is not very comfortable with the ball. Yes, defenders release the ball quickly. However, when our center back releases the ball they seem to play it to he opponents asap. They don’t even seem comfortable enough to pass the ball around themselves


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It's season for every fan and internet coach to bring fort ideas on player alignments.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:28 am 
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joao wrote:
It's season for every fan and internet coach to bring fort ideas on player alignments.

Say it again :rotf:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:49 am 
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I think the Central Defense is pretty much sorted with Ekong, Balogun, Awaziem and Omeruo, unless something drastic happens.

Awaziem might be the best of the lot (I had said this even after the South African game), and it was interesting to see Rohr play a back 3 and 2 wing backs against Argentina. Apart from trying out a new formation, it might be a way to get some of our better players on the field at the same time.

You do have some valid points, but the use of the word 'alternatives' will bring the wrong reaction. I don't think we are looking for alternatives at this point (unless undeniable superior quality manifests, which is unlikely). Ekong has improved over the last year, but his passing out of the back remains poor. Even early in the game vs Argentina, he passed straight to an opponent. I am good with him just hoofing or heading the ball back to sender though. One such play led to Mikel's assist to Ighalo vs Cameroon.

Balogun like Ezenwa might be suffering from lack of regular competitive action (injury induced or not), and as anyone who has ever player sports will attest, even when you are physically fit, your timing/form can only be back to normal after some regular playing time. I'd rather he hoofs the ball from the back than bring it up to the middle of the park, and gives a bad pass that instantly puts us under pressure. This happened against Argentina.


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john12 wrote:
It’s obvious that our 2 best defenders are very uncomfortable with the ball. Whenever they get the ball it’s always panick mode for me because they seem to lose it. Now, these 2 guys rightfully deserves that cb position based on their wcq performances. However, it’s probably late to teach them ball handling skills. Therefore, we should find an alternative. Last night I was impressed with Mascherano in the first half. Masherano is also a player not very comfortable with the ball. Therefore, he always releases the ball upon getting it through “long passes” I hope balogun and ekong should be thought the same. They should learn how to play long passes when they get the ball hoping that a pacy striker would get to it. What do y’all think?


Dude, i know everyone is entitled to his opinion, but sometimes it better to just S the F up.

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Everybody is an internet coach nowadays. Here's an idea: when you fine alternatives forward them to Rohr, I'm sure he'll be eternally grateful.

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1naija wrote:
john12 wrote:
It’s obvious that our 2 best defenders are very uncomfortable with the ball. Whenever they get the ball it’s always panick mode for me because they seem to lose it. Now, these 2 guys rightfully deserves that cb position based on their wcq performances. However, it’s probably late to teach them ball handling skills. Therefore, we should find an alternative. Last night I was impressed with Mascherano in the first half. Masherano is also a player not very comfortable with the ball. Therefore, he always releases the ball upon getting it through “long passes” I hope balogun and ekong should be thought the same. They should learn how to play long passes when they get the ball hoping that a pacy striker would get to it. What do y’all think?


Dude, i know everyone is entitled to his opinion, but sometimes it better to just S the F up.
Well said fellow Imolite, it is better for some people to keep quite look like fools than open their mouth and prove they are really fools .


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:49 am 
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I think the word alternative scared people off. I’m not saying they should be dropped I’m only asking how we can fix their ball skills


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