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Hughton Sees New Football Tactics Changing The Game

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has commented on the way Spain won the World Cup this summer in South Africa.

Chris Hughton – Newcastle manager

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Nobody really played like Spain did in the tournament, apart from maybe Brazil.” “Spain’s passing game stood out, and they showed just how effective you can be playing free-flowing football.”“That’s not only from an attacking point of view, but their movement from a defensive point of view has to be a success as well – they won a lot of games 1-0.”

“They have been consistent, not only in this tournament but right the way through qualifying and further back.” “I think they’ve kept something like 20 clean sheets in 32 matches.” “For an offensive team that’s impressive, but it goes to show they’ve got it right at the back as well.”

“Tactically, this has been a very interesting World Cup, but I suppose if you’re comparing Spain domestically, you could only say Arsenal attempt to produce such a similar style.”

We would hope that Newcastle can start playing that way shortly, once we get the required players into the squad – it would be good seeing Newcastle play good attacking football again in the PL.

What was very noticeable was that Spain played very much like Barcelona do – but with 7 starters from the Spanish Champions, that’s hardly surprising.

And that’s why Fabregas never started one  game, and probably why he  wants to secure a move to Barcelona, but Cesc did his job for Spain with that beautiful through ball to Iniesta, which led to the vital goal, with just 4 minutes to go to the end of extra time.

And then the Dutch players acted like babies, especially Arjen Robben, who seems like a spoiled brat most of the time. Well he is top class footballer after all. 😀

Notice there’s no way England can really start 7 players from one club, since not too many English players play on any of the top Premier League sides these days- although that may be changing.

It probably also needs to change if England are ever going to get anywhere to winning the World Cup ever again – which seems rather unlikely.

Hughton was in Ireland’s squad for the 1990 World Cup and thinks the tournament was a success in South Africa:

“There have been some eye-catching performances and you have to be delighted with the way the tournament turned out.” “There were too many negatives before the tournament in South Africa about stadiums, transport and safety.”“But the tournament ran smoothly.”

“On the field, it was an interesting spectacle too. There were a lot of different systems used.” “Germany proved to be a team that played on the counter-attack and we saw the changing face of football.”

“You wouldn’t have thought that England, France and Italy would be out at the last 16 stage or before, but that’s what happened.” “And you saw the emergence of teams like Paraguay, Uruguay and Ghana making it to the latter stages.”

“Overall, it was impossible not to enjoy the tournament.”

Well we certainly enjoyed the tournament  – all except the England games of course, which were a complete and utter disaster, but I think I’ve already mentioned that – too many times.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    I only watched 4 games-pile of shit,crap ball,stoopid horns..it sucked.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope he has taken note and realises we don’t just have to bang it long to carroll all day long

  • boater

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Thought Spain were pretty boring to watch. Tika taka just sent me to sleep after a while. Brazil were very average by their standards. Team of the tournament by a country mile was Germany – the only ones to really light up the WC with explosive, intelligent football – but then they didn’t win it so y’knaa.

    Reading that liverpool are bidding 6mil for Park Chu young. I am gutted we haven’t gone in for him- exactly what we need as a no. 10 player sitting behind carroll… 24, goals, assists, intelligent running, creative and 100m sprinter pace. He’d be the creative link we’ve missed for years.

    Howay chris put that cash on the table over at AS Monaco.

  • toonboyjake

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    the future of football is playing total football like spain, barcelona and to a slightly lesser extent arsenal, the 4-4-2 is also a thing of the past with the 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-2-3 being deployed with great effect, i think newcastle should play the 4-2-3-1 next season and try knocking the ball around and building the play up patiently like barca ans spain and wait for the lapse of concentration in the defence to score, my team for this season would be

    Perch- Collocini – S Taylor- Jose
    Barton – Guthrie
    Routledge- Vuckic – Jonas

    Krul- Simpson- Williamson- Smith- Nolan- Lovenkrands- Shola

    The whole team should just pass the ball to the closest available man and try and get barton and guthrie involved in each build up of play much like xavi and iniesta do for spain and barca, and build up to feed the ball through to vuckic to set up carroll for tap ins

  • WesJameson

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    sirjasontoon, hang on mate, i dont know which world cup you were watching? Or clearly werent watching?

  • Xenarious

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle in the Championship played too much like Martin O’Neill’s Aston Villa, who play an old fashioned game based on wingers to get the crosses in to a big physical striker and on the odd time hitting the team on the break with a speedy striker like Agbonlahor.

    I would be VERY surprised to see Hughton play attractive football the way the likes of Arsenal play. Wigan are now quite an attractive team to watch as they have Roberto Martinez in charge. But it sometimes comes at a cost to play that way if you aren’t a top team, they got some thrashings last season for being very open.

    Hughton would have to change a lot as a manager to play an attractive way, he used to be a defensive coach after all. I could only see him doing this once Newcastle have solidated themselves in the Premiership again and he can start experimenting with different players / formations. Until then, it will be the same tactics imo.

    It will be interesting to see how well Blackpool do this season, because Holloway said he is going to stick to 4-3-3 as he did last season because he is sick of watching more negative tactics. He came to that conclusion after taking a year or so out of management and watched how Matinez played with an attractive style in the Championship and succeeded. This is why I could see the likes of Cleverly going there instead of Newcastle if he were to become availible.

    Another team who plays very attractive football is Doncaster Rovers in the Championship.

  • WesJameson

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Tactics are tactics guys, if Holloway, plays a 4-3-3 system in the prem league, i promise you now, blackpool will be thrashed every game

  • Whumpie

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m pretty certain that the reason we didn’t see any of the elite (Messi, Rooney et al) click at the WC was that stupid ball. It’s like something you’d get for £1.99 from a BP station, and negates the 20 years these guys spend building a freakish understanding of how a ball moves.

    I’d love to see the stats showing how performances correllated to whether a player comes from a league that was using the ball before the tournament. Like Germany, Spain…

    Apparently the PL didn’t because they had a contract with their ball supplier. So glad they let that get in the way, then. Bastids.

    But so happy for Spain – much deserved. And the Dutch were disgusting and deserved their misery just as much. A vuvuzela up the balloon knot is no worse than some deserved in that match…

  • xfer

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully CH picked up a trick or two watching the world cup.

  • Whumpie

    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10

    It would be great to see us taking a leaf out of the Spanish book, but to be honest I won’t be expecting it for a while. CH worked out exactly how to achieve his target in the fizzy, and I think he’ll know exactly what to do to survive in the prem. I just don’t think it’s “play like Spain” just yet! (We don’t have the players yet for a start…)

  • howay man

    Jul 14, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    what team would u pick for the first game of the season?

    —-perch—- collocini—- taylor ——enrique
    routledge– barton— nolan—- smith— gutierez

    —-perch—- collocini—- taylor ——enrique
    —–routledge– barton— nolan— gutierez

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 14, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Although there was the occasional sloppy performance last season, I was impressed at how we are prepared to build attacks from the back. Many times in the past we would boot it clear, but under CH we are working the ball on the deck more and keeping possession.

    Problem is this possession game often breaks down when we cross the half way line, with no consistent creative central midfielder to run at defences or open them up by picking players out.

    Guthrie looked lively at times in the centre and deserves a chance, and Barton set up a beauty against Plymouth away which bodes well, but overall the central midfield was stodgy with too many overhit long balls at the wrong time as we by-passed this essential department. Thus we ended up playing schizophrenic football (literally a game of two halves where all the foootball was played in our own half) a fact many lesser teams sussed out and were able to strangle our midfield and force us to defend ever deeper, which exposed Simpson in particular a few times.

    The primary problem is midfield is our lack of pace, with Nolan & Smudger both not inclined to get exposed and so always playing the safe ball to the flanks instead of rampaging through the middle and causing problems. Barton isn’t greased lightning either, so I hope Guthrie gets a chance – not forgetting Jonas can also play in the middle, so there are pacier midfield options. I also agree with boater @ 3 we need an incisive striker to play behind Carroll. I guess we all remember Beardo and wish there was another like him……

    Certainly as Howay Man @ 11 hints, we cannot afford to play anything other than 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1 as two lumbering strikers in a 4-4-2 will be be just like playing with ten men in the Prem.

    As for Blackpool’s 4-3-3 – the word suicide comes to mind. I guess every games’s a play-off final for Holloway, not that he gives a f*** what anyone thinks, bless him! His team will turn over at least one of the big boys this year, my guess is Chelsea.

  • chuck

    Jul 15, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Yes, I saw that statement and it should be obvious not only to Hughton that the Spanish side made the German and Dutch side`s look poor in comparison.
    The German side looked fairly impressive, playing a counter attacking game, much like Beyern Munich in the European championship, but looked clueless against the Spanish side, the dutch tried to kick them off their game,with only the Portuguese giving them a run for their money.
    Then the team that closest resembles Spain in the EPL “Arsenal” when playing a power team like Chelsea seem unable to compete.
    Which indicates horses for courses or depends on the particular matchup, to say the Spain/Arsenal style or the German counter attacking style is the way to go would be a mistake, none of this is particularly new or innovativ.
    It s simply the quality of the side and their ability to adjust their tactics to that of the side they are playing against.

  • milktoonaus

    Jul 15, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #14

    4-2-3-1 is the tactical formation of the future, I would like to see our team adopt this approach in away games with perhaps the wingers sitting a tad deeper than the trequarista (vuckic, nolan)

    Germany played this formation to perfection in the end they were beaten by a quality spanish side however they were missing their most important counter attacking outlet in mueller!

    Fantastic formation, wouldnt be surprized if a heap of teams adopt this approach especially in away games playing on the counter

  • Dartfish

    Jul 15, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #15

    The formation isn’t that important in modern football as some of you are indicating.

    Spain also played a 4-2-3-1 but much different tactics than germany.

    And to the fellow mentioning that Spain was borrowing to watch. The side was just so dominating on the pitch that every most teams stacked them self in front their own goal.

    If anyone had attacked spain in the same free flowing style they would not have won low score games like they did.

    Actually we played a similar formation last season with 4-5-1 which is easily comparable to the 4-2-3-1. It is not so much the formation as the tactics behind it that counts!

  • KingChubby

    Jul 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #16

    4-4-2 (or any other formation for that matter) isn’t dead.

    I agree that the tactics adopted in the World Cup has raised some much needed questions of the default England 4-4-2 formation – personally I don’t think it was right for us, well it certainly don’t think it wasn’t right for us – but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will never be right for England again.

    I’m a big believer that the players at the disposal of the manager should play a large part in deciding what formation is chosen – play the players in the position/formation in which they excel. Gerrard on the left, for instance, is just plain stupid. It also, in my opinion, depends on the player’s ability and intelligence as to whether they can play a fluid formation or need to be drilled into a rigid formation.

    I’m afraid one thing this world cup has highlighted to me is that the coaching of young footballers in this country is nowhere near the level of our continental cousins. In Europe, young players are coached to play in all positions, so they can get a feel for all of the roles – it’s not a case of ‘he’s a big burly lad, let’s play him in centre half’.

    I really do like CH and think he’ll do us alright in the prem, however I do fear that Houghton is jumping on the ‘formation bandwagon’ with his comments in this article (after all, international football is quite a different beast to league football) – whilst he is undoubtedly a good coach, he certainly isn’t a tactical genius. It will be interesting to see what formation he adopts next season – hopefully it will depend on what players are bought in and he won’t try and shoehorn players into a position in which is clearly not a position in which they excel (a la Gerrad on the left).

    I’ve got a hunch that he may use a formation that suits the ‘passing in triangles’ game, but then after a few poor performances, will revert to a the English default of 4-4-2.

    4-4-2 served us well for large parts of last season, with Jonas on the left and Wayne on the right, we had good balance and in any case, if 4-4-2’s disadvantages are so obvious, why has it lasted so long?

    I’m getting so excited about the start of the season now, I’m starting to bite my fist!

    Howay the lads!

    If you want to read a brillinatly insighful article on formations in football, read this article from Jonathon Wilson


  • chuck

    Jul 15, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Soh! you actually thought Spain were boring and Germany were exciting ?
    Obviously you missed the game between them, no!
    Spain made the Germans look like a pub side.
    Germany had no answer, simply played off the pitch.
    I suppose you also like big sams teams ?


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