This week I have been quiet. Probably much has gone on in Belgian football. I’ve tried to keep abreast of any news I can be bothered to look at but my recent ‘efforts’ have mainly been out of fantasy or somebody calling me a tourist, which I still love by the way.
Because this weekend is so important to five clubs in particular, between 6-8 and 15-16 positions, my focus has been more on the pitch than anything in the boardrooms around the Pro League. Obviously things at the top of each club can have some relevance on what happens further down the pecking order, and then can spill onto the pitch. I guess an example could be Oostende this season, who once their new owner was named their results have picked up.
I want to try and find new ways of writing something half decent rather than writing for the sake of it. I can never do this ‘tactical analysis’ of matches because when I played football, I played with my head and heart and I hate how now, footballers can tend to be robotic. If you know you’re better than the opposing player, then beat him. Take that shot, play that ball, take those chances! Sometimes that shot you take spills out of the keepers hands. Or that pass you attempt deflects into an unmarked strikers pass. That’s how I played. Not forceful, but at least play creatively.
What makes me laugh is everyone thinks they’re a coach, but never the player. The player is the one who dictates the results essentially. Those same players at Kortrijk, Gent and Genk can’t just be performing because of tactics surely? I’ve always had the thinking that a player can’t be excused when they might say ‘I’m more effective down the middle’ or out wide, WHATEVER.
Just do as your told. Your profession is footballer. Not attacking right full back or centre half who can play as an auxiliary forward in the last ten minutes. And like when a player can’t use their weaker foot at all. Would rather play the ball with the outside of their right foot instead of using their left. You train everyday. Practice your weakness, then maybe you’d be better?
I have clearly turned this into a rant, but I think modern day football has annoyed me slightly, where the most simplest of games can be turned complicated by people who think they’re too smart. Winning is winning like I said last week, and I’m sure if your team won 1-0 every week and guaranteed success, you wouldn’t be moaning. And if you moan then you’re clearly an idiot.