In their 2-1 victory over Manchester United, Erik ten Hag thinks Brighton’s choice to play long balls was crucial.Information Guide Nigeria
Brighton won at Old Trafford for the first time ever, while United suffered its seventh opening-game loss in the Premier League history thanks to goals from Pascal Gross (his fifth and sixth against United).
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Coach Graham Potter’s preferred 3-4-2-1 formation was used by Brighton, who are known for playing out from the back. However, Ten Hag observed that Brighton shunned playing from the back in favour of scrapping with United further up the field.
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“Brighton is a team who normally wants to play from the back, they didn’t today,” Ten Hag said. “They played long ball, so it’s not about pressing, it’s about winning the second ball, and then in such occasions, we did not always do what we laid out before the game and we definitely have to learn from those lessons.
“I didn’t expect that this team would play long routines and I think it was a big difference. Our opponent have their routines, they are a long time together with a certain philosophy and a certain plan, cooperation between coach and team, you could see. And sometimes we are not.
“But still, it was unnecessary to lose this game.”JAMB Result