Gareth Southgate believes that Hungary’s humiliating 4-0 home defeat in England reminded him of why he shouldn’t adopt an overly attack-oriented game plan. Faced with cautious criticism, the manager defeated the team 1-0 at the beginning of the second half, making changes in the Nations League tie.
Southgate switched from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2, making a positive wingback with Reece James and Bukayo Saka, 8th with Conor Gallagher and Jude Bellingham, and Raheem alongside Harry Kane.・ I put out Sterling in front. Southgate later replaced Gallingham with Mason Mount and Bellingham with Phil Foden.
However, England was well organized and pulled away from the fast-moving Hungary, scoring 2 points in 4 games and 1 goal to make it the bottom of the Nations League Group A3. The mood outside the England camp changed drastically. The atmosphere in Molino is toxic, with a chanting “I don’t know what you’re doing” to the South Gate, and there are concerns about the outcome and performance at the end of the season. It will affect the team’s chances at the World Cup, which kicks off on November 21st.
“I think it’s part of the desire to see open play … we saw [against Hungary] The team must be balanced correctly, “said Southgate. “In a club, if you’re probably at the top and have been working with players for a long time, even the top teams are defensively bloody, but you can play a wider game.
“The idea that you can play a lot of attacking players and rely on your talent to win the game is not. In the second half, I think it’s important, so go gambling to win the game. I remembered, but what happened can happen. “
John Stones was sent off 3-0 in the 82nd minute, shortly after Southgate tried to prevent further damage by introducing Harry Maguire to Saka. There was a boo when the center half stepped into the field. This move didn’t work because England got lost and justified the fourth.
“Or [the booing] Directed to me [and not Maguire]”Southgate said. “We lost 3-0. I removed the attacker and put in a defender. But we had to solidify. There was no way to win the game and we protected the players on the pitch. I didn’t see it as Harry’s criticism. He actually did three really powerful performances with us. “
The theme of the gathering was a belief in the stubborn people of Southgate. He praised Kyle Walker as well as his motivation and leadership, Kieran Trippier, and picked Mount in an unprecedented job with Joshua Kimmich in a one-on-one draw in Germany.
Southgate has had a variety of results for inexperienced players such as Gallingham, Bellingham, Jarrod Bowen and Tammy Abraham. He knew that he had to do so in order not to overburden the first option and to better understand the backup options. But the impression was that he was more married to his regulars than ever before.
“We may have escaped with it [flogging the first-choice players] But that was a big risk, “said Southgate. “Now you think:’God, we should do it [it].. But in reality, it would have been selfish not to put pressure on me, rather than doing the right thing for England to compete in the World Cup.
“Hungary is a great team, so we need all the big players, just like last September. [for the 4-0 win in Budapest] And all the right to win such kind of game. That is where we are lacking. “
There were many concerns on Tuesday night, but one of the biggest concerns was that players couldn’t deal with the impatient crowd. “They are important [the fans] Stick to a group of young players, “said Southgate. “I saw anxiety begin to creep in. But this is also the reality of professional football. It’s not just sweetness and lightness. They need to use those experiences to solidify themselves.”
Southgate acknowledged the risk of losing momentum. “No doubt,” he said. “Tuesday-like results aren’t good for people. It’s not a good experience for players.”
Southgate needs to consider introspection and periods of distress. He has no power to change the story before the international break in September when England will face Italy and Germany in the Nations League. This is the last match before the World Cup.
“That’s a drawback of international football,” Southgate said. “You will be judged in a short period of time-sometimes it may take 10 minutes to change your life.”
But Southgate is completely clear about why things went off course, and he gets comfort from his knowledge. He does not doubt himself.
Some members of the football association felt it desirable to play three games during this break and three games in September, and Southgate said this time “probably two games.” ..
Four times in 11 days, too many, after a tough Premier League season, stretched the player beyond the limits and Southgate was afraid of the worst and couldn’t balance his choices correctly. .. It does not make him or the player unsuitable for the purpose.
“I know how it works,” Southgate said. “I know how rapidly opinions change. You never forget a tough night, and make sure you register where people were with you and against you. But you don’t have it as a scar. Use it as fuel. I’ve done it for the rest of my life. “