Lagerback wants high tempo

Lars Lagerback wants high tempo

Posted: 25 May 2010 Time: 07:44 am

Nigeria's Super Eagles have been directed to play a high tempo game under Lars Lagerback, starting from Tuesday's international friendly against Saudi Arabia. 

From his very first training session, the Swede has emphasised the virtues of quick movement and finding the penetrating pass behind the defence.   "From the first training, he is looking at attacking football. He is looking at a passing game. He is looking at a penetrating pass, a pass that creates danger, less square passes and more forward passes. He keeps reminding us that we have to play beautiful football and that results are also very important," forward Osaze Odemwingie told KickOffNigeria.com.   Monday's training session in Austria emphasised the point, with Lagerback pushing the players to move the ball quicker and to find the forward pass to release the strikers.   Joseph Yobo and Danny Shittu, who played the centre back pairing, were encouraged to play the ball out of defence.   Lobi Stars defender Terna Suswan was played at right back and asked to bomb forward at every opportunity.   But Lagerback is still keeping his cards closely guarded, only promising that every player will get an opportunity to turn out before the North Korea game.   "We have two games to play and every player will get a chance to play."

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:58 am
Lars Lagerback, white Na white. If it is Amodu everywhere will be dark with his black lip. The only thing Amodu knows best is how to smoke dagger.
Davkoz
posted: 09:35 am
WE CAN ALL SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN COACH, A COACH WITH PASSION AND BELIEVE IN HIMSELF AND PLAYER COMPARE TO A COACH WITH FEAR OVER EVEN BENIN REPUBLIC. TIME IS SHORT FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING FOR THE NEW TACTICS AND TEAM WORK BUT I BELIEVE WITH TIME WE SHALL GET THERE. WHAT AMODU COULD NOT DO IN TWO YRS, PLS DONT LET US EXPECT THIS NEW MAN TO DO IN 2WKS BUT GIVE HIM TIME TO BUILD A TEAM FOR US. THIS IS MY ADVICE.
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 am
If this article is anything to go by then Mikel has a lot of work to do.He likes square passes, he realy needs to work harder than the other chaps.

I wish SE Goodluck.
Anonymous
posted: 10:47 am
Yes my dear Mikel should learn now if he is going to join for the selection,Let him stop that back passing ,we all love the young man But we need to say the truth about his passings.Push attack is what we want,I remember when OBODO is in super eagle he work with MARTINS pusshing attacking front.Kanu can do better for good passings
Anonymous
posted: 10:52 am
I'm already getting excited. Reading this article alone makes me feel I'm watching the new SE live. What an input, so technical! Watch: quick, forward (not square or triangle) passes culminating in good slips in the goal area to create danger. Beautiful. Passes that make hungry strikers feel like dying to bury the ball in the net.Wow!
Anonymous
posted: 11:06 am
@david, what do you expect from the gaffer at this point in time? What has Lars said that is extraordinary. One thing is to psyche the players up in training another thing is for them to transmit the instructions into the match proper.

Lars talk sweet and this is good for confidence however we have to wait until the real business begins and hopefully all this sweet talk will be put into actions.


THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
thebusinessman
posted: 01:12 pm
Mikel plays "NO BE ME SPOIL AM" kind of football, afraid to take risks and go forward, ask Essien.
Anonymous
posted: 01:31 pm
Please am tired of this make lagerback shine article that is on page of newspaper . Lets see what they play in their friendly match against Saudi Arabia and columbia
Anonymous
posted: 02:02 pm
@ Gaddafi...
I am eager to see d day you shake-off every reprisal disposition yu may have bcos of the ouster of Amodu. I hav been long in this forum; I know the strong suport u and the likes of Stan, Billion, Frank etc. gave Amodu despite the obvious that we needed to and could have gone higher in the appointment of a national team coach.
I pray u also give Lars the required support right away...and not seize on every opportunity to protest the removal of Amodu...
If U luv Nigeria and the SE, then don't put personal intrest before collective success.
Regardz to Billion my old time friend...
not heard from u for somewhile...
I am watching from the sideline what becomes of SE campaign in SA.
I an persuaded we really need a miracle to make a difference...
we are going out there to face very excellent and better prepared teams.
we need a miracle!
Anonymous
posted: 02:37 pm
@Ken G, "the aroma from the kitchen, gives an expectation of the taste". Lagerback preaching "attacking football, passing the ball around, moving the ball forward", gives us an expectation of what we will get from the Eagles. The question will then be, does he have the right kind of men for this game plan? Will they use the system well? The SE under the former coach was more individualistic: "pass the ball to you, show your skill".

At least, if nothing else, we expect to see a more fluent side and one that can unsettle the opposition. If the boys add the typical nigerian fighting spirit of "never say die" and "its not over till its over" even if the opposition gets a goal, its still not the end. Remember the 1996 Olympics? Against Brazil, the went down, to come later to win in S/Final, the same against Argentina. It is still not "uhuru", but the "aroma" is encouraging.

FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS!!
Anonymous
posted: 03:22 pm
i have always known that time will prove me right.......
Anonymous
posted: 03:28 pm
Formites u see why i am always on Ken gaddaffi......even when everything is so obvious, even when osaze came out clean ...he still wishes that supereagle fails, so that he can gloat.....when will nigeria every grow up, when will we all put our hands together for the nations sake ...... when will we stop all these kill him attitude becos i am not involved syndrom.....it is a great pity.....this is wy oyigbo na oyigbo...becos a white man will not see a good thing and negelect it , even if it is not from him......

I am sorry 4 u ken gaddaffi......very sorry if in real life this ur attitude.....
Anonymous
posted: 04:17 pm
@ David: 2010-05-25 09:35
TIME IS SHORT FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING FOR THE NEW TACTICS AND TEAM WORK BUT I BELIEVE WITH TIME WE SHALL GET THERE. WHAT AMODU COULD NOT DO IN TWO YRS, PLS DONT LET US EXPECT THIS NEW MAN TO DO IN 2WKS BUT GIVE HIM TIME TO BUILD A TEAM FOR US. THIS IS MY ADVICE.
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I guess you must have lived in Nigeria or at least read articles about Nigeria. In case you don't know, this is the way it happens:
Lagerback was not contracted because the government or NFF wants Nigeria to go beyond the group stage in the World Cup or to play better football. The whole issue of new coach has nothing to do with football, the tradition in Nigeria is when you are in power, you look for a project to do, a new project albeit, just to create an avenue to make money for individual pockets. Now you believe Lagerback is unlikely to do well in this world Cup, and you still believe he will be there to "build a new team for us". I tell you have have symptom of malaria, run to the nearest chemist and get yourself few tablets of chloroquin

Why didn't Berti vogts, Bora Millutinovic, or Philippe Troussier "build a new team for us"? Why couldn't NFF wait until after SA 2010 before signing lagerback, so that he will have four year to build a new team and take the credit? What difference do you think Lagerback will make when the time for a Tuesday match against Saudi arabia was confirmed on monday? Very dissappointing for Nigerians in austria. Even more disappointing is the fact that Nigerians in London don't know where the match against Colombia will hold, neither do they have any info about the ticket. One day the venue will be Upton park, the next day brentford, another day craven cottage. Where is the difference?
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