The Guardian’s Richard Williams: Right On The Money

3 Jul

Great piece from Williams in the Guardian today:

“When Sven-Goran Eriksson also spoke about the team “deserving” to reach the final, he tried to suggest that it was because of the quality of their football. Strictly on the basis of their successive performances against Hungary, Jamaica, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden and Ecuador, however, it would have taken a battalion of the world’s finest legal advocates to make a case for the justice of their arrival in the final rounds of the biggest international football tournament of all.”

When you put it like that….

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4 Responses to “The Guardian’s Richard Williams: Right On The Money”

  1. Grand Master Thump July 3, 2006 at 8:11 pm #

    “The fatal flaw in the way the formation was applied was the use of Rio Ferdinand as the launchpad for attacks. On countless occasions the ball was given to the centre-back in the expectation that he would make the first significant pass. He would take a touch to control the ball, look up, take another touch, look up again, have another think and then, after a delay often of six or seven seconds, play it — not always accurately — to a team-mate.”

    Classic.

    Though the bit about Owen Hargreaves being somehow different because he was brought up in Canada is crap, you should hear what the Canucks think of their Ice Hockey team in the Olympics, very similar opinions, no basis for that idea.

    Still, a lot of tough decisions to be made by the England management.

  2. kaimac July 3, 2006 at 10:56 pm #

    It was interesting that the only fella to take it like he thought he was going to score was raised out of the country, and (maybe more importantly) plays out of the country. The others looked kinda limp and clearly lacked confidence.

  3. Grand Master Thump July 4, 2006 at 9:27 am #

    True, I was not thinking about the penalties, but I can see how being raised on a diet of PizzaHut adverts taking the pish out of failed England penalty takers might create psychological issues. I do think the England players baring Hargreaves had already resigned themsleves to going out on penalties again, they should have all been straining at the leash to take them and get some revenge.

    Peter Crouch was giving the usual bollox excuses about being tired, ermm Hargreaves did the most running around out of them all and he scored.

  4. kaimac July 4, 2006 at 10:50 am #

    Compare the relentless optimism of Klinsmann, for instance. Before the tournament nobody gave them a chance, but he’s got them playing as a unit, believing in themselves etc. Contrast that with sven and the England team. Did anyone honestly think the result would be any different once we got to penalities? Heads down, slumping shoulders etc.

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