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Lars Lagerback wants to see untested players

Posted: 25 May 2010 Time: 8:24 am

Lars Lagerback says Tuesday's friendly against Saudi Arabia, and the next one against Colombia on May 30 will give him a chance to see players who haven’t had much playing time. 

But the Swede added that his objective would be to try out his basic ideas on the team in a competitive atmosphere.   "You can say that I have two goals with them (the two friendly games)," he told Swedish newspaper Expressen. "I want to see some more of those players that I have not seen and I want to try some different things - but the important thing is to play the team together and get them to play what I want."   This will be the Technical Adviser's first game in charge of the Eagles, and with time running short before the World Cup, he says he wants to get acquainted with as many players as possible.   "Yes, there is a combination. If you take this first practice match, we have looked for a bit of playing time for the players. It's just as I have done previously with the Swedish team. If we had Swedish players who hadn't been playing that much then we prioritized them, and that will be a factor now as well.   "But now it's also about to become acquainted with as many players as possible. We have quite a few offensive players in this group so maybe we can test them a little bit to see if they can cope with both the offensive and defensive."   The Full interview:   How has the training sessions been? The first training sessions we've had has been good. Good attitude, good will, good concentration. So I am pleased.   After previously mostly been watching the players on video, how well would you say that you that you these days has learned which strengths and weaknesses there is in the squad? What you lose when you don't see them live very much is perhaps their whole image and their way of reading the game. But otherwise, I think that as football players, individually, you know them well already.

Then comes the next step and that is to see some more behind the football player - the character and how they react in slightly different situations. But after the two or three weeks to come, I think I will know them pretty well.

...About the two upcoming friendly games... You can say that I have two goals with them. I want to see some more of those players that I have not seen and I want to try some different things - but the important thing is to play the team together and get them to play what I want.  

How will these friendly matches be different from friendly games when you have been coach for a while? Then maybe you try some new, younger players and new ways of playing. Now it´s more about playing the starting eleven together?  Yes, there is a combination. If you take this first practice match, so we have looked a bit of playing time for the players. It's just as I have done previously with the Swedish team. If we had Swedish players who had'nt been playing that much then we prioritized them, and that will be a factor now as well.

But now it's also about to become acquainted with as many players as possible. We have quite a few offensive players in this group so maybe we can test them a little bit to see if they can cope with both the offensive and defensive.

To have trained a team like Sweden for a long time and had a clear playing philosophy for many years there - how does your thoughts on the game idea and tactics change when you get to a new environment like this? It's like I have said to the players now when we have talked about how we're going to play: The way of playing is always a combination between that you want a well organized way of playing and then, you must take into your account the player's individual skill.

There is always a degree of flexibility - even if you have the same combination of numbers you can change the game by putting players with different qualities in different positions.

  Nigeria has in recent years most played 4-3-3. Is the 4-4-2 despite that the set-up we will see from you? These players come from 27 clubs in 12 countries so they are familiar with, and come from, different game styles.

I think most of them today, without beeing 100-percent sure, play with a centre forward. And then some different variations of that. But they are used to playing in both one and the other way.  

But you are pretty sure about how you want to play? Yes, we have a basic idea. Then we will be working with the players and see how it works. But it would surprise me enormously if the basic ideas we have will not be the ones we will follow.   Do you see this as a more skilfull national team than Sweden? It's so hard to compare. It is possible that this might be a little more ... there is definitely more offensive players who have qualities to choose from than defensive.

How do you think you should play to get the best out of this squad? It's a good question. This applies as always to find a good balance between defensive and offensive - and depending on how skilled they are individually so you can weigh over a bit more one way or the other.

And then put it in relation to the opponent as well. Now that we have three opponents who play in slightly different ways we will probably change a bit in the balance - between the offensive and defensive qualities - between the games we have in the group stage.  

How ready are you feeling - after this short period - to lead this team in the World Cup? It feels good, exciting and fun in every way.

I have never ever been in a Champions League final but I do not think there can be anything greater than to be part of a World Cup.  

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:49 am
Osaze Odemwingie, some fools in this forum said Nigerians don't support and encourage there own coach, how can we support whom we know that don’t know the job. I started from day one saying that Amodu is a pig not a coach. It is only Osaze Odemwingie can say the problem out to the public because of the little white man blood he has, other players will be dying in agony without even joining hand and beat up Amodu. Amodu, God punish you anywhere you are eating Nigeria money and still want to be a head coach. Lulu and co, I hope you people heard what Osaze Odemwingie said. Country 5, I greet. How can somebody compare Whiteman with Blackman (darkness?)
Anonymous
posted: 08:55 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.
Billion Original
posted: 09:18 am
"oyibo na oyibo" is a form of colonial mentality and besides coming boldly on the media to criticize and ridicule the coach who invited you on the honours of our nation - it's unethical and unprofessional! Amodu could still play a role in Osaze's profession someday..."a word is enough for the wise."
Anonymous
posted: 09:27 am
It's a shame that no Nigerian media house has ever interviewed Lagerback. How can Swedish newspapers ask questions on Nigerians' behalf? Nigerian media houses including press/newspapers, NTA, television studios, and kickoff are full of bunch of illiterates who got their certificates through plagiarism.
Anonymous
posted: 09:37 am
billion@, many thanks for the education and wisdom shared. You are truly a voice of reason!
Davkoz
posted: 09:37 am
SHORT UP BILLION, THAT IS TYPICAL BLACK MAN MENTALITY, SHOULD U BE AFRAID TO SAY THE TRUTH, THAT IS WHY MOST OF US DIE IN SILENCE BCOS YOU ARE AFRAID.

IF AMODU BECOME A COACH TOMORROW AND HE DID NOT INVITE OSAZE BCOS HE SPOKE THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM, THEN HE IS A FOOL, BCOS I THINK HE SHOULD USE HIS CRITICISM AS A WAY TO IMPROVE IN HIS COACHING ABILITY.

A WISE MAN WOULD ENCOURAGE CRITICISM BCOS IT WILL MAKE HIM TO KNOW HOW PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT HIM AND KNOW HOW TO IMPROVE ON IT.

AMODU SHOULD JUST GO BACK AND LEARN MORE ABOUT MODERN FOOTBALL, THAT IS MY ADVICE.

I KEEP SAYING IT IN THIS FORUM THAT I CANT ALLOW AMODU TO COACH MY SCHOOL TEAM TALK LESS A CLUB. I SEE HIM MORE AS A P.E TEACHER PERIOD.
Davkoz
posted: 09:38 am
SHORT UP BILLION, THAT IS TYPICAL BLACK MAN MENTALITY, SHOULD U BE AFRAID TO SAY THE TRUTH, THAT IS WHY MOST OF US DIE IN SILENCE BCOS YOU ARE AFRAID.

IF AMODU BECOME A COACH TOMORROW AND HE DID NOT INVITE OSAZE BCOS HE SPOKE THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM, THEN HE IS A FOOL, BCOS I THINK HE SHOULD USE HIS CRITICISM AS A WAY TO IMPROVE IN HIS COACHING ABILITY.

A WISE MAN WOULD ENCOURAGE CRITICISM BCOS IT WILL MAKE HIM TO KNOW HOW PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT HIM AND KNOW HOW TO IMPROVE ON IT.

AMODU SHOULD JUST GO BACK AND LEARN MORE ABOUT MODERN FOOTBALL, THAT IS MY ADVICE.

I KEEP SAYING IT IN THIS FORUM THAT I CANT ALLOW AMODU TO COACH MY SCHOOL TEAM TALK LESS A CLUB. I SEE HIM MORE AS A P.E TEACHER PERIOD.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 am
Argentina should worry about us – Lagerback
By Tony Ubani
Monday, May 24, 2010
Eagles gaffer, Lars Lagerback, said moments after their send forth party that he was tired of the many questions and apprehensions about Argentina, one of their group opponents they play on June 12

“Why is everybody talking about Argentina or Messi?”, he asked in an unfriendly tone. “They (Argentina) should be afraid of the Eagles. They should be afraid that I am coming with the Eagles to play against them. They are under pressure and jittery, not us”, the Swede said...He informed that he beat Argentina during Korea/Japan 1-0 and also beat Eagles 2-1 in the World Cup.

“I am in a better position to know the teams and their players. They should worry about me and Eagles. There is no doubt that they have very quality players just like the Eagles. You have good players but it appears you don’t believe in them. Not to worry. I have a team and I am not bothered about Argentina or any team. They should be the ones to worry about the Eagles”, Lagerback emphasised

Nigeria is in the same group with the South American powerhouse, including Korea and Greece.

My brothers & sisters, this is an articule of thought for us all. Please let us believe in our coach and our players..God Bless Nigeria

John from Munich.
Anonymous
posted: 10:33 am
Its been a while i post my comment on here for some reason but now i have to say some, are you guyz commenting on the topic or on other things??? secondly oyinbo na oyinbo black nah black its a pity that some of us still accept we are inferior. if amodu is not good enough that does not mean he osaze should generalize his statement that oyinbo nah oyinbo i think he himself is a fool you can call me names i dont care but what has osasze himself archive as a player and if osaze is our best player then the worst is yet to come. i cannt wait to watch the first competitive match
Anonymous
posted: 10:56 am
What i understand that maybe coach is not confidence enogh for the players and he need more players to test through his statement here.Who is those players is not good enogh for the camp...
Naked Truth
posted: 11:29 am
@Upson; you are a goat only good enough for sacrifice, idiot u believe say Osaze mean say oyimbo better pass dudu? u and those hateful complex stricken SA fools na the same, how can u call a human being Pig?? bush man becos God make mistake give u mouth that na why u think say u fit talk shit, make roof fall for ur head you sacrifice goat. Oyimbo na oyimbo, simply means they dey diferent from us and they get their own perspective and ways of doing things so when it is combined with our way e dey better. u r a sacrifice mugu
Anonymous
posted: 11:44 am
lurdmanny, so why you have not visited the site because Amodu was sacked as super eagles coach.lurdmanny, you are an outcast for you to call Osaze Odemwingie a fool, tell me which player is more then Osaze Odemwingie in super eagles. Osaze Odemwingie is not ready to play under Amodu as a coach. You supposed to be inferior as a black man, what is your achievement. Billion, it is better we are still under colonial masters than to be independent since more than 50 years and living without good road, water, electricity, governance and coach.
Anonymous
posted: 11:47 am
For those who are not happy with osaze's statement that oyinbo na oyinbo..... then proof him wrong and show us an evidence that we blacks, are better than oyinbo. Dont forget that osaze have been playing in europe for a while and you can easily tell the difference btw blacks and whites. For some of us that are opportune to live here in europe , we can confirm that statement on the affirmative.I cannot believe that some ppl are still stupid enough to defend amodu.This guy is simply preditable.
Guy, what we shall be doing now in 2010 is to stay on the fast track to improve drastically in terms of developments and doing things in the right way. Dont forget that we are yet to provide electricity for our dear country for almost 50 years.I used to stay stuborn by refuting the analogy that whites are better than blacks, but for now i am gradually giving up.
Anonymous
posted: 11:58 am
@what the, tell me where white man has made mistake before. Jose mourino won inter Milan three cups this season and say he want to leave Inter to real Madrid can black man take such decision. What stop Amodu not to resign since and is super eagles his birth right. Tell me what a white man can do you can do best. How many black men are a coach of national and club team? I am a goat but you are an outcast (OSU).
Anonymous
posted: 11:58 am
http://odili.net/news/source/2010/may/24/612.html

Lagerback may drop Apam


MANAGER of the Super Eagles, Lars Lagerback may drop Nice of France defender, Onyekachi Apam from the final squad to the World Cup owing to injury.

Tribunesports gathered that the Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist is still battling with injury which could cost him a place in the mundial.


Lagerback, according to source, has sent words across to the team doctor of Apam to show up in England in due course.


"Apam may be dropped if he is not fit enough for the World Cup, but Lagerback has invited Apam's team doctor to ascertain his state of fitness before he takes a decision. He does not want to jump to conclusion, hence, the invitation of Apam's team doctor to ascertain whether the boy could recover quickly from the injury and be fit for the World Cup," said our source.
Anonymous
posted: 12:16 pm
I hope and pray that Brown Ideye should be in the starting line up so that Nigerians who don't watch french league will watch him play.But for me that's conversant with french league,i know what i'm talking about,this guy is going to be our best striker in the near future.
Anonymous
posted: 12:55 pm
DANGOTE'S DREAM

I wonder how we think in Nigeria. Maybe we think we are already an Asian Tiger, that we have conquered Nigeria and it is time to go and conquer the world. The reality is depressing. Nigeria is a mess and even those in a position to fix it are all looking outward. Yesterday I woke up to the ludicrous news that Dangote was going to buy a stake in Arsenal, and I thought why? The guy is a billionaire, surely he must know that all his businesses in Nigeria stand to benefit so much more if he invests in making the local Nigerian league a success... surely he should know that a successful Nigerian league will expand job opportuinities and create wealth and ensure disposable income that will directly affect his empire... surely he must know that he will only pump money into the English economy while Nigerians and his businesses suffer.

He denied it and in that Nigerian way that postures that by siding with western successes you are 'with it' he said he had been a longstanding fan of Arsenal. I haven't even heard the Glazers say that... but anyway I won't deny the man his sentiments. I hope though that he went online to hear what his darling English people thought about him and Nigeria, he would have lost his cool.

Which is my point. As Nigerians literally die to show they are more reds and blues than the English people in Manchester and London, they will do well to be reminded that the english care zero about them. They only take your money. If we don't fix the Nigeria league we will never be respected.

Egyptians own clubs in UK and Belgium yet the Egyptian League is perhaps the best run, best followed and certainly the most successful in Africa.

It is utterly preposterous to me that even a bank like Access Bank supports the UEFA Champions League and Globacom has a partnership with Manchester United. Why are we so foolish? If Nigerian football fans get more into the European game, won't they take their money from Access Bank and buy Man U jerseys in London (as is currently the case) and the shop owners will bank the money with Lloyd's Bank or Natwest? Isn't that promoting business for the European banks?

Isn't Glo asking Nigerians to take the small money they have and give it to the European consumers who then spend it on Vodafone airtime? Why are the white African businessmen not doing the same? Because they understand how to make real money, whereas we are basically contractors.

Tell Dangote the true Arsenal fans don't care two hoots about him. Instead Kano Pillars will worship him and his great grand children if he made them African champions.

Forum contributor 0n Africaplays.com
Anonymous
posted: 12:59 pm
Does anyone know where to watch today's game on the internet?
SOS.....
Anonymous
posted: 01:01 pm
Thanks Icegaze for that short word. It is true that may be Osaze should not have used that word but we should read and understand in context of what was said since the phrase was not said in isolation. I could read more of a joke to that kind of talk but that is aside. I don’t see my self as being inferior to a white man but are we saying that they are not far ahead of us? Is it not in the same Nigeria that we use sentiments for position and talk about fruit of labour in a position that has been duly paid for? This is why our politician will always look for extra fruit of labour (Embezzlement) when they have been paid for their services.

How many coaches update themselves regularly compare to what we have with the European coaches, why should our referees not be considered for major tournaments, in the midst of plenty, how many African head of states would have resigned like Gordon Brown did in UK and not struggle with power even if the country will collapse? There are many questions than answers.

The truth is that let us work on ourselves; leave out sentiments, nepotism, corruption, laziness in our dealing so that other world will take us seriously.

I noticed that many comedians crack jokes about the negative side of Nigeria compare to the whites yet we laugh about it but we are ready to kill Osaze for making a statement while we can all see that the new coach is really down to business and showing good efforts.

If the crucifixion of Osaze is because of the comparison with Amodu, then i think we need to move on. Whether he fails or not, his efforts have shown that he is a professional working for what he is paid to do.

Naija for life! Super Eagles for life!
Naked Truth
posted: 01:21 pm
@Upson; you are a goat only good enough for sacrifice, idiot u believe say Osaze mean say oyimbo better pass dudu? u and those hateful complex stricken SA fools na the same, how can u call a human being Pig?? bush man becos God make mistake give u mouth that na why u think say u fit talk shit, make roof fall for ur head you sacrifice goat. Oyimbo na oyimbo, simply means they dey diferent from us and they get their own perspective and ways of doing things so when it is combined with our way e dey better. u r a sacrifice mugu
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