Thursday, June 16, 2011

Probable Azkals' Formation vs Sri Lanka. Your Thoughts?

Old time followers of the Azkals say we have never had a more talented squad representing the Philippines, and majority would agree. We have arguably the best players for each position with the starting eleven below : 

From conversations with Coach Weiss, he seems to veer towards this starting eleven.

The only question would be if the team will perform as a unit, and if the whole team is greater than the sum of its parts. A two week sojourn away in the boondocks of Duren should take care of team chemistry off the pitch. Tuneup games should take care of things on the pitch.

A 4-1 victory over a selection from Duren, Germany is a good result. But this is only a friendly /  exhibition game, much like the Azkals' 3-4 defeat in the hands of the UFL All-Stars. The next games should give us a better indication as to the Azkals' true quality.  

What do you think of the starting eleven above? Who would you rather start and what formation would you use?

Subs Bench would include Anton del Rosario, Roel Gener, Jason Sabio, Ian Araneta, Manny Ott and Dennis Cagara.


  1. I only have a handful of occasions when I'm optimistic about the National Team, and this formation is cause for one of them. Take out the underperforming ones from the Starting XI. And yes, get AGA to play with/behind PYH, because the Fluff isn't creative enough to move around more than one defender.

  2. Weiss may have considered pushing Caligdong forward and using Guirado and Lucena together in midfield, Weiss used completely different tactics in the match. his side sat behind the ball and soaked up pressure throughout the game, Weiss should use Guirado deeper in 4-3-3. With Lucena's presence and the midfield looking more secure than usual, Weiss Should push Shrock even higher up the pitch or switch the way the front three operates.when Guirado drops deep the 4-3-3 can become more of a 4-3-1-2 and Azkals suddenly look very narrow if Phil and Caligdong make the same run inside. Phil is more intelligent with his movement than chieffy, and must give Azkals options when they have the ball. Finally, transitions from defence to attack might be vital. Azkals first legs are generally very tight – remember Sri lanka edge out India 6-5 penalties.

    1-2 for azkals my predection in 1st leg.


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