Without naming a player in particular, Thierry Henry did not mince his words to talk about the only goal of the match.
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“We lose points on stupid mistakes. There was a free kick and there was absolutely no sense of urgency, ”he railed in his post-match press briefing.
He insisted that this is the kind of situation regularly discussed with the players.
“We watched videos today, yesterday, the day before, the day before and the day before. They continue to watch the ball rather than the race. Other than keep talking about it, I don’t know what else I can do. “
You have to wonder if this team still has its head in soccer, considering the error that led to the only goal of the game.
“I would like to know why we lose our concentration. We have talked about it a lot. When we make a mistake like that, you get punished. It’s a huge mistake, ”noted Henry.
But Jukka Raitala declined to say that the situation the team finds itself in is starting to take a toll mentally and physically.
“I don’t want to talk about our situation, you have to accept it even if it’s difficult. We can’t hide behind it, we are professionals. “
It almost feels like Henry’s message isn’t getting through completely.
“If his message is to avoid losing focus on certain actions like free kicks, that’s something we talk about in the locker room,” said Samuel Piette.
“These are things you can’t work on in training, it’s a lack of communication. “
It’s still astonishing that a team has such communication problems so late in the season.
Despite a slight advantage in possession of the ball, the Bleu-blanc-noir was dominated 16-6 for shots and 6-2 for shots on target.
And Henry didn’t hesitate to quote the obvious when he said that to score you have to shoot.
“You don’t shoot and you don’t cross, so there is less chance of getting shots on target. If you want to score, you have to try to shoot anyway. Often we refuse the shot or the cross. “
“We have to be more dangerous, create chaos in the opponent’s area. I feel like we have to play a fantastic game to score right now, ”added Jukka Raitala.
Henry was not helped by the fact that he had to play Raitala in the right lane, he who is left-handed, since Zachary Brault-Guillard and Clément Bayiha are injured.
Here is a way of animation which has been lost since the Finn is not so keen on the attack.