Lars Lagerback wants high tempo
Posted: 25 May 2010 Time: 07:44
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."