You don’t teach an old dog new tricks. his time is gone
Here is the team whose play left perhaps the most painful impression of the tournament. Even in victory (due to the fact that Alphonso Davis got emotional on penalties) with Canada. Belgium seemed like an old truck: lots of noise, smoke, cod, little to do.
I am convinced that their “opportunity corridor” was Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. That team was already in the game itself, they were not afraid of anyone. But he never played his stellar game, managing to be in the shadow even of Croatia. From him, in fact, flew out and now.
In general, there was little hope. In addition, Belgium did not hold training camps, there are many veterans among the players (or those who look alike, like Lukaku), and the coach has never been a master of the “surprise” part. At Euro 2020, the Belgians beat everyone they had to. But they did not succeed with Italy. Here even the “mandatory program” was interrupted.
Almost all the European teams that don’t have a well-defined game (they need to adjust it before the tournament) lost here. This is a regularity of a rigid training program. Well, old age, there are no weapons against it.
With the League of Nations in mind, it seemed that they would go far. Sensation?
If it’s a sensation, then only because of the end result. Like many teams that met almost before leaving for the tournament, the Danes were forced to deal with the condition of the players, the scheme and the lineup on the fly. All at the same time and successfully – such tasks cannot be solved. In addition, there is no experience in this area.
Eriksen’s return to football really gave the team a powerful boost and his football became more creative. But Kasper Hjulmann began to complain from the first game, and the team became nervous and nervous in response. Perhaps the high expectations had an effect: the group did, in fact, seem fleeting.
Denmark’s relegation is already in the group stage; it was also unpleasant from an aesthetic point of view, bright and intelligent football was expected from them. It is not worth taking into account fatigue, but definitely the lack of experience, planning and carrying out the necessary work in such a situation. In general, it would be interesting to hear from different coaches, first of all, European teams, about what, how and why they did it. Compare, so to speak, approaches.
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