He’s got my hopes up; I wonder if he’s got yours up as well?
Having somewhat stopped the rot with the draw against Huddersfield on Saturday, the Blues will hope to be able to turn one point into three as they take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough tonight. Results haven’t been the best on the road for Pep Clotet and his men so far this season, with just two victories in their nine games away from St Andrews, but the Spaniard has high hopes for tonight’s game, because of one thing in particular.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of the game tonight, Clotet believed that the size of Sheffield Wednesday’s pitch will offer the Blues advantage:
“To play football it’s about two things. Obviously it’s about the skill, but when it comes to the tactical side of the game it’s about space. Space gives you time in football and the more space you have the less skill you need to do things. A bigger pitch helps the better footballing side and the quicker side.”
It’s nice to see that Clotet is still trying to implement some form of ‘attractive’ football when it comes to the side, and it’s produced a relatively respectful start to the season so far, as a win tonight could see them go as high as 9th in the table if other results go their way.
However, I think that there still needs to be a little bit more grit in this side, especially when it comes away from home. He said after the game against Blackburn Rovers that he doesn’t necessarily view away games as that important, regarding them as some sort of ‘bonus’, and that the majority of your points should come from your displays at home.
But there are times when you just want the club to be a little bit more adventurous, and that starts with their performances away from home. It’s no good trying to play for a draw, and then if things don’t go right, you end up with a loss. At least if you start attacking more from the offset, then you can fall back and get a draw.
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At the end of the day, it’s about getting results, and whilst Clotet has shown he’s willing to change things up in regards to his formation, the same should apply to the style of play as well.