The senior national football team is preparing to play an important confrontation against Tajikistan in the round of 16 in the Asian Cup, which is currently being hosted by Qatar. Despite the unconvincing performance of “Al-Abyad” in the first round, it succeeded in qualifying for the final eight as runner-up in the third group with four points, after winning over Hong Kong, drawing with Palestine, and losing to Iran.
Five technical observations appear on the team’s performance under the leadership of coach Pinto, especially in terms of the continuous changes in the team’s lineup, and playing each match with a different lineup from the other, as well as the lack of solutions to some of the technical problems that the team suffers from in general, and which require direct intervention from him, whether offensive or defensive. As well as the lack of clarity in the vision regarding the personality and identity of the team in general. In the first round, the team scored five goals, but conceded four goals, most of which were defensive errors.
In the three matches, the team did not appear with a fixed lineup, which caused instability in the level and the absence of the required harmony between the elements.
It was noteworthy that during the match against Iran at the end of the first round, the coach kept experienced players, as they remained on the bench, and did not benefit from them in the starting lineup, such as Caio and Fabio Lima, while Ali Mabkhout remained outside the squad, and was not in the starting lineup or the reserve. During this important meeting.
What was strange was that Caio and Lima were key players in the Hong Kong and Palestine matches, and the team, along with the young and emerging players, was in dire need in this match of experienced players to match the Iranian team, which includes in its ranks a large number of players with long experience, and who play in European leagues. .
In addition to this, coach Pinto did not succeed in finding radical solutions to the problem of defensive lapses and mistakes that are repeated in every match, and caused Iran’s two goals against goalkeeper Khaled Issa, in addition to the fact that the video referee technology (the mouse) intervened on many occasions and canceled goals for the Iranian national team, It was the result of a major flaw in the “white” defense.
Team coach Pinto surprised everyone by excluding one of the best strikers in the UAE League, striker Ali Mabkhout, the team’s all-time top scorer. He was absent from the starting lineup in the Hong Kong and Palestine matches, and remained on the bench, while in the Iran match, he was in the stands and was not in the starting lineup or Precaution.
It was expected that the injury of rising striker Sultan Adel, whom Pinto used as a starter in the Hong Kong and Palestine matches, would be an occasion to bring in Ali Mabkhout in the match with Iran, but Ali Mabkhout was outside the starting and reserve lineup. This is despite the fact that Sultan Adel will need 10 days, according to the medical report issued by the team’s medical staff.
Lack of harmony
The team’s miss of a perfectly timed penalty kick during the match with Iran, by player Yahya Al-Ghassani in the 64th minute, shed light on the problem of the lack of harmony between the players, especially for those who have priority in scoring penalty kicks. Caio was supposed to take the penalty kicks, but Al-Ghassani took them, but the Iranian goalkeeper blocked them and the team wasted an important opportunity, as the score at the time was 1-0 for Iran, and that kick could have equalized the score at an important time.
But the talented young player made up for it by scoring the goal to reduce the difference in stoppage time with a distinguished effort.
It also shows the lack of harmony in the defensive organization, in the coverage process, and also at the midfield level, which allowed the team to concede a number of goals that could have been avoided.
• (White) faces Tajikistan in the Asian Cup round of 16 match next Sunday.
• In the first round, the team scored 5 goals, conceding 4, most of which were due to defensive errors.
5 technical notes
1- Instability in a fixed formation.
2- Keeping influential elements on the bench.
3- The continuation of defensive errors and the failure to find radical solutions to them.
4- The team’s top scorer, Ali Mabkhout, was excluded from playing the matches.
5- Lack of required harmony between players.
Khaled Obaid: We have great confidence in the national team players to “correct the image”
Former Al-Nasr team manager and technical analyst, Khaled Obaid, confirmed to “Emirates Al-Youm” that “we have great confidence in the national team’s players to correct the picture and appear honorably in the next round.” He added: “The national team coach, Pinto, is required to recalculate accurately, and consistency in the players’ positions enhances the process of harmony between them.”
He continued: “Although the team achieved the most important thing by reaching the eighth final of the Asian Championship, coach Pinto is required to settle on the formation, because the continuous changes in the formation do not allow achieving the desired harmony among the team’s players, in addition to that the coach must address some of the mistakes that accompanied the team’s performance.” “Both on defense or attack.” He said that he understands that time does not allow for significant and sufficient treatment, but the coach can make some changes to fill the defensive gaps during the coming period, starting with the next important match against Tajikistan.
Al-Hashemi: We are ready to face Tajikistan
National team player Khalid Al Hashemi confirmed that the players will strive to please the Emirati fans by going far in the Asian Championship, indicating that they are fully prepared and focused to face Tajikistan. He said in a press statement: “The Tajikistan match will not be easy, and I expect a strong confrontation and fierce competition between the two teams, because they are seeking to reach the quarter-finals.” He added: “For our part, all our focus will be on the match, and we will strive with everything we have to continue the journey in the tournament.”
In turn, the national team player, Badr Nasser, said that the national team achieved the goal of qualifying for the round of 16, but the next stage will be more difficult, and the competition in it will be stronger and more intense.
He promised in a press statement to make the utmost effort with the rest of his fellow players, and to give everything they have in order to achieve the aspirations of the Emirati fans, pointing out that the spirit of one team prevails in the corridors of the camp, and that everyone has the heart of one man.
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