England Play Deep To Top Group D Euro 2012 Beat Ukraine 1-0
Well done goes to England as they scramble to beat host country Ukraine 1-0 to claim 7 points and go through to the round of eight as Group D winners of Euro 2012 with France securing the other qualification spot. Master tactician Roy Hodgson the wily old new England coach has played his squad in a deep playing formation for all the three group qualifying matches and the result has been 2 wins and the initial draw versus France.
However this style of playing deep means that England get less of the ball possession here are the stats
Match Stats Ball Possession
England v France
England – 40%
France – 60%
England v Sweden
England – 52%
Sweden – 48%
England v Ukraine
England – 42%
Ukraine – 58%
The question that needs asking is will Roy Hodgson set up his team to play in a more attacking line up in the games to come in Euro 2012 as he knows that playing deep or ‘Parking the Bus’ in front of goal will not win this prestigious tournament and be crowned ‘Kings of Europe’ In the next game versus Italy the same game format may be OK as Italy will by tradition set up Italian style playing deep with an eye on counter attacking. The game will be tight and likely to see the victors win the game scoring the only goal of the match.
Then if England do win, they will be through to the semi finals where they will not be able to keep the big guns at bay by resolute defending it will not work – they will not get away with doing a Chelsea style CL 2012 defend at all costs strategy!
Keep watching it is going to be interesting!
England v Ukraine Match Round Up
England win beat Ukraine 3-2!
England – Wayne Rooney – 48 minutes
Euro 2012 Match Ground
18:45 +00:00, June 19, 2012
Donbass Arena, Ukraine
England Play Deep To Top Group D Euro 2012 Beat Ukraine 1-0…