Micho explains decision to play flopped back three formation against Algeria
Zambia national soccer team coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević has defended his decision to play with a back three in the game against Algeria that saw the Chipolopolo draw 3 – 3 to drop out of the race to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Speaking to the ZamFoot Crew in the wake of the game against the Desert Foxes, Micho explained the decision behind the failed formation which saw Zambia concede two goals before he changed it at the half hour mark.
“The decision was clearly taken with the best possible intentions to make their wingers defend deeper and run longer distances to attack against us. I believe we did this very well,” Micho told the ZamFoot Crew.
He added that he feared the Algerian wingers would have done more damage had he allowed them to ran at his full backs.
“I know both their wingers Ramiz Ghezzal who plays on the right side, [he is] the best in assists in the Turkish league; [and they have] one of the best players in Africa on the left side number 10 [Youcef] Belaili.”
“They would have done even more damage to us if they were allowed to come at our number two and three. I believe both of their goals did not come because of that but we disrespected their throw in and their went on to the counter attack,” Micho added.
The Chipolopolo started with a back three but the defense was in shambles conceding two goals in the first 25 minutes and it could have been worse.
Micho responded with a double substitution at half time that saw him withdraw 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner Nathan Sinkala and Napsa Stars defender Luka Banda for Rodrick Kabwe and Lubambo Musonda respectively.
This saw the team change to a 4 3 3 formation. The Chipolopolo looked more comfortable and fought back to level at 2 – 2.
Algeria restored their lead a couple of minutes later but the Zambian lads fought back to pick a point with Patson Daka scoring a late equalizer from the spot.
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