This has become exasperating. I mean, honestly. What on Earth is Klinsi talking about? He should have left the topic alone, because this stuff is just.... well, you decide.
"I think there are pro and cons (to the 4-4-2 diamond), like with every system. But it doesn't really matter what shape we have or what system we have, it matters how we kind of connect with one another on the field."
First, he begins by explaining exactly why systems matter, then he says they actually do not. And, I hate to break the news, but how you connect with each other has a lot to do with the system. How do I figure that? Well, because that is only about half the reason systems are invented, from the first one ever through to now. That's how.
Oh... and if systems do not matter, then why change the team's formation? Why not stay in the comfortable one they've been running for about two years, which also closely resembles the system most play with their clubs? I love it. We drastically change the system, but it never really mattered then or now. Hilarious.
"All these discussions about different systems are actually not up to speed anymore. The systems are not the key anymore like it was maybe 10 or 15 years ago. It all changed for the best teams in the world, led by Spain. They made every system look stupid because they came up with a 4-6-0 in the last European Championship and beat everybody."
Ahhhh. So anyone questioning his system choice is basically out of touch. Gotcha. Then, he describes why this is so by pointing to Spain making other systems look 'stupid' by winning... because nobody knew how to handle their system.
"I think we need to go away from the system discussion. It doesn't get you anywhere. Years ago it was all down to the No. 10 to make things happen, but now maybe it's the No. 6 that makes things happen, or the fullbacks make things happen."
Oh sweet Moses. Who makes what happens all depends on... anyone.... anyone... Bueller? That's right, it's the system they're in. But let's focus on his first sentence, because that is the idea I am suddenly unable to escape.
If you have not noticed, there is now quite some effort around our bubble to erase the validity of any and all possible concerns or critiques. And it feeds into this larger tide of thinking whereby no matter what happens in Brazil, the coaching decisions simply cannot be questioned.
Why? Because we have a tough group? So what? I see all these articles about how it's so great the coach is looking forward and hear people tell me in conversation that we were not going to get out of the group either way (insert your own issue of choice here; i.e. Donovan missing, the diamond, etc.). So basically, we now have a built-in excuse for failure at the 2014 World Cup. Apparently, to my surprise and chagrin, it's totally okay with many folks to use this World Cup finals as throwaway prep for the next one. What now?
And that's why you don't sign an international coach to a second World Cup cycle before he has completed the first.
- Greg Seltzer