Hey <<First Name>>,
So how about those Matildas, hey? Quite the turnaround from the game on Saturday… in the second half anyway! That was just something else.
There were no goals conceded this time but the defence, it’s agreed, is still an area that needs work. The problem won’t be easily solved and it’s not just the Matildas but the Socceroos too. According to Joey Peters, former Matildas midfielder and now coach:
It is the cultural thing that we don’t value defending. Look at someone like Belgium or even Holland who play with a back three. The thing about the back three is, especially if the other team is playing with the front three, you’re basically defending one-v-one. It’s a bigger challenge and you can’t hide.
I’ve done a bit when I’m coaching the youth is playing with a back three and you know what? You get beaten and you get scored on, well that’s your feedback. We don’t want people to score on us because it looks bad as coaches. We’ve got to win games. So it is all wrapped up in this culture and we could actually fix it by saying we’re going to play back threes now.
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