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To give any sort of
report on the Pana-
ma versus the Soca
Warriors match will
make fans and sup-
disappointed and in
some cases, give up
hope for the future.
I humbly prefer to
break this perfor-
mance down to the
reality of the picture
which our players
presented during the
course of the game.
The game actually did not start when the
whistle was blown to indicate the ball to be-
ing kicked off.
Of course, these points of view are from
hindsight, except for the different team se-
lection which was handed down one hour
before the start.
My immediate observation was the choice
of player personnel, not necessarily because
of the talent of the players individually, but
the implication which was recognised within
a system formula of the great game.
After seeing the names of five competent
central defenders on the starting eleven,
immediately the impression from my point
of view was that our performance will be
based strategically on solid defence. Some
may claim that five defenders will surely
solidify our protection and ensure that no
goals are scored.
With my sincere respect for two former
English premier league defenders in our
coaching staff, this was probably our most
crucial error of judgement.
In football mathematics, five defenders
will find much more difficulty to coordinate
alongside each other, and all the problems
will come from an absence of adequate com-
munication among themselves especially
when the tacking policies of the opponents
will surely come from short quick diagonal
runs in and around the individual players
almost at the same time. The end picture
was confusing, and although individual
skill showed up at times for Kevin Molino
and Joevin Jones to bring glorious chances
to Willis Plaza three times in the first half,
the formula deprived the real goal scorers
no decent scoring opportunities.
Then there was the question of regain-
ing ball possession. It was non existent. The
players waited to see when Panama will make
a mistake and hand a bad pass or two over
The reality of choosing defensive ploys
have actually been demonstrated by our
English friends in the World Cup finals in
1966 in England. They sole the dimensional
formula that four defensive players can cov-
er the width of a field and also can develop
defensive methods of being either defending
The world accepted that concept and ex-
tended different formulas to fit the quality
T&T's goalkeeper Marvin Phillip points out an issue to defender Curtis Gonzalez during the
team's 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying match 3-0 loss against Panama in Panama City,
on Tuesday. AP
and understanding of such a defence.
This move by our experts led to the weakness of
our midfield, a factor which left that area to be oc-
cupied by one solitary defending midfielder in Kevon
George and two of our effective goal scorers and cre-
ators in Molino and Jones plus a promising attacking
midfielder in Nathan Lewis, whose skill within the
opponents penalty area have been known to upset
bigger defenders than the Panamanians have brought
our goals at times.
Unfortunately, the original strategy failed, maybe
not because of the implementation recommended by
the technocrats, but because they have lost their way.
During that time, Panama grew in confidence. They
were faster to the ball, which was not difficult and
after some awful mistakes by our defenders, the roof
fell in and shadows of defeat were obvious.
Warriors defensive strategy poor
Premier League clubs have voted to close next sum-
mer's transfer window before the 2018-19 season starts.
Managers have complained that signing players once
the season is under way causes disruption to their squads
From next season, the window will close at noon (lo-
cal time) on the Thursday before the Premier League
The vote was not unanimous and clubs will still be
able to sell players until the end of the normal window.
Fourteen Premier League clubs voted in favour of the
amendment, which was the minimum total needed for
the plans to be approved. Manchester United, Manchester
City, Watford, Swansea and Crystal Palace voted against
the proposal while Burnley abstained.
The window across Europe runs until 31 August.
REMAINING MATCHES FOR T&T
Mexico vs T&T, 4pm
T&T vs USA, 4pm
EPL Transfer window
will close earlier
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