The captain didn’t like everything, but the rookies did

Friday, April 01, 2022 09:43

We talked about the lessons of two preparatory matches with Marco Rossi, who said that being a Hungarian federal captain was not only a special feeling, but also a special task.

Marco Rossi is in a very special situation when he has to evaluate the two qualifiers of the Hungarian national team in March. The situation is that while in the first match, in the clash against the Serbs in Budapest, his team lost well, in Northern Ireland it was able to win with a rather restrained performance.

“Overall, I would say the two matches served us well. Of course, I’ve seen problems, and I’ve also seen a lot of things that I liked about our game, but matches like this are just that: let’s see what doesn’t work, and what works, we try to make it even better. ” the captain told the MOL Team.

“In the match against the Serbs and the Northern Irish, one more important thing was added: we inaugurated newcomers. I wanted to see how they performed and how well the selected players fit into the team, and I have to say that I am absolutely happy with our two matches in that respect. ”

Lessons from Budapest and Belfast

“We didn’t play badly against Serbia as a team, but the defining individual performances were missed for many players this time around. We were knocked out by an unfortunate own goal, but our game was all the way to the attacking third. However, we failed there, we couldn’t make any serious zigzags, and although I feel we would have deserved a draw, we got knocked out, and that is always a bad feeling, ”said the captain about the match in Budapest.

The draw against Serbia was really in us, but at the last minute Dominik Szoboszlai made a roaring squeak. The Leipzig Legion wasn’t the best of his life in those two games, and Rossi said he wasn’t the only one whose solutions didn’t really come in.

“Our team game was fine, everyone did their job, but if we analyze the individual performances, neither Ádám Szalai nor Roland Sallai had a really good match despite his goal.“In the case of Sallai and Szoboszlai, we can say that they lacked play, but in the meantime there was András Schäfer on the field, who also did not play full matches in Union Berlin, but played excellently in the national team.”

“I had a lot more trouble with my team in Belfast. I accept that it’s not easy to blink on a poor quality course against an opponent who has an awkward style that forces physical play, but there are things we can’t afford. “This is the case, for example, if we break the distances between the team parts and, more importantly, we cannot fall apart like in the last ten minutes of a match in Belfast, when only [Dibusz] Thanks to Dénes, we didn’t score. ”

“The eighty minutes before that were acceptable in many ways, but we should have ended the clash earlier. I may have been goosebumps in that I also traded a lot in addition to the many rookies, but in the end, the opponent got into a goal from exactly the situations we were preparing for. That is not permissible, ”the captain said.

Newcomers and selection credits

“Perhaps many were surprised to call Callum Styles and Adam Martin, even though I trusted that I already had so much trust that fans would know: if I invite someone to the team, there is a reason. And the same goes for not inviting someone. ”

“Let’s clear up a misunderstanding: since I am the federal captain of the Hungarian national team, no one in the federation has ever put pressure on me. to pick someone. At the beginning of the joint work, we clarified that if the team is my responsibility, then it is up to me to put together the framework. I am not a will, but I have always adhered to this rule during my career, which is why I left Honvéd, even though we won a championship with the team. ”

“I only thought it important to say this because I feel that while I still feel the same confidence on the part of the alliance, I currently have the impression that the fans are not as confident in my decisions as they used to be. “However, that doesn’t change me, I will continue to prepare the team to the best of my ability and I will build on the players I consider appropriate for professional reasons,” the captain noted.

“Back to the rookies, Callum [Styles] it made a very good impression on me, which is why we tried it in several posts. He played well on the left and in six positions, that’s exactly what I expected from him when I decided to invite him. “The same is true for Adam Martin, I didn’t know him before, but I really liked what I got from him, even if he couldn’t really show himself because few balls got to him. “I didn’t even expect him to decide the match, I was just wondering what character he was and I wasn’t disappointed at all. I met a humble player fighting for the team in person, I’m sure he’ll help us a lot,” Rossi said contentedly.

Ability alone is not enough

We’ve talked to the captain several times before about what he means when he says, “we’re not the German or Italian national team”. This applies primarily to the ability to influence the team’s tactics and fighting style, but it also means that the current Hungarian captain must also deal with factors that Roberto Mancini, for example, may ignore.

“I am not saying much news that immersion is a problem in the first place, because there are no 3-4 teams of Hungarian footballers who can stand up to an international match based on their physical parameters. Once we have defined this group, we need to consider factors such as mental strength, motivation, or how much time the player spends on the pitch at their club. And we haven’t even talked about the fact that a player may just not fit into a community. ”

“All of these factors need to be taken into account when it comes to putting together a national team.“Let me give you an example: Zsolt Nagy is physically one of my best players, he wins his matches fast, explosively, violently and with a good percentage, but unfortunately he made too many mistakes in these two matches, and we got almost a goal. Then there is Nego and Fiola, “those who came from MOL Fehérvár, which was running a terrible season, obviously didn’t have their self-confidence in place, but they found themselves in the national team and did their job reliably. In fact, Nego was one of our best in Belfast.”

“So when it comes to designating the frame, or starting team, we have to chew through all the similar factors. Of course, in addition to adapting to the opponent’s game, the Hungarian national team is making good progress, but it is not there yet to force its will on the strong opponents that await us in the League of Nations. ”

“However, we are already saying that whether the Italians or the English come to us, we can definitely count on their respect. Since September 2018, we have defeated several star teams that have not paid due respect to us.“We have to continue on this path, standing on the ground with both feet, but we always have to work harder and harder, and the result will be,” the captain concluded.

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