http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/news/newsid=1566711/Interview with Jurgy
Q- So the theory is to not just bunker in and hope for results against the bigger teams, but to be one of the bigger teams?
A- If you play Spain or Barcelona ten times and try to stay back and defend, you might win one out of those ten games and maybe get one draw, but they will beat you, probably badly, seven or eight times. Maybe they will have a bad day and you will get lucky, but this is what I mean when I say the USA needs to be more proactive and less reactive. My goal is to show the players that the way to compete with this kind of football is to improve every element of our game.
Q- Your best result so far was a 3-2 win in Slovenia in November. Did you see the kind of football you’re talking about then?
A- It’s not good enough to have a 45 good minutes like we did against the Slovenians. We need to be tactically more aware and awake all the time, to play the game the same way, totally tuned in, for a full 90 minutes. Little mistakes are not allowed at the top level, and we saw that against Ecuador
Q- Can you keep players from making mistakes?
A- All the elements need to improve. As the players get better and hungrier, the team gets better. There’s more competition. Along the way we will lose some players. When I was a player, there were countless times when a team-mate had more skill than anyone out on the training pitch, but you just knew that he wouldn’t make it because his mentality was wrong.
That is the real question about this current group of US MNT players...
"Can you keep players from making mistakes"?
As a coach your job is finding the correct style of play for the group of players you currently have, it the federations job to develop the next group of players. How do you as the US MNT coach give them the best chance of success in a short tournament like the World Cup Final where most teams only get to play 2-4 games that even matter to their end result? I'm assuming they will qualify out of the CONCACAF group.
Not sure if he really answered that question? And this is the very strength of the top teams, they will not make mistakes and when you do they will make that cost you a goal.
Who are we really kidding sitting at the 34 ranked position in FIFA?
Tell me what tactics the #2 team The Netherlands use against the #1 team Spain in the last WC final game. Did they try to beat them at their own game or did they try to disrupt the flow of that possession/passing style with the most fouls ever in a final game.
Jurgy has no real plan to execute... Except to have high hopes of success, which is a trait of forwards, never to give up on hope! No matter how many times they miss the net, they always think the next one will go in.
I hope, his hope, is good enough in this day and age of well executed possession play soccer played while giving up very few mistakes. Few mistakes made while pushing attacking numbers forward to score goals exposing your defenders to a numbers down situation in front of their own goal on counter attacks. Do we really have good enough defenders to play 1v1 nearer to our own goal vs the worlds best? Have we even found a real strong left back yet?
A tactical mistake to not know who you really are in this game today, one coaches make all the time now days trying to copy a style of play far out of reach of their current players.
How many teams has that worked for against Spain? Teams that were player for player much better than the (currently ranked #34) US MNT group.
How many teams like Switzerland (#17 ranking) have taken points from a team like Spain during the World Cup final tournament, and what were their tactics again?
He only gets a few days a year training this team as a group, changing the whole dynamic of american soccer skills may not happen fast enough for him to survive. The next World Cup qualifying starts soon.
25/06/2011 USA vs Mexico 2-4
04/06/2011 USA vs Spain 0-4
History tends to repets itself, unless you find better, more realistic tactics."Can you keep players from making mistakes"?
-If not then does redundancy make sense?Redundancy
the inclusion of extra components that are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components : a high degree of redundancy is built into the machinery installation.
• chiefly Brit.
the state of being no longer employed because there is no more work available : the factory's workers face redundancy.
Good luck son, it's looking more and more like you're going to need some.