They’re on sale maybe even as you read this. 10 a.m. Monday for sure.
Was going over my recording of Sigi Schmid after the game and selected a few things he had to say.
He was asked about how to work the lineup in light of three days between games this week.
“There’s certain guys that are fitter that recover a little bit better than others, so we’ll make those decisions, we’ll make those adjustments on Monday…Once you’re in a rhythm, players would rather play games than practice so if you look at a regular week, Wednesday’s a hard training day (if not an off day) so I think they’d rather play a game than have a hard training day.”
Schmid said the team’s focus was better with regard to the referee’s calls on Saturday.
I asked him if the fact that Ljungberg plays with an attitude and a chip on his shoulder about refs is something he as coach will have to live with rather than address.
“I don’t know how many times he got fouled tonight (stats said three times), and then there was a few other ones. At some point you get frustrated with that when you look at it. He’s one of the most fouled players in the league and all you want to do is get protected, and when guys are coming in from behind that makes it a little more dangerous.”
Schmid said he thought Montero’s energy level was solid for 65 minutes “and then maybe the gas tank got empty,” but that he was very good.
Schmid thought the runs in the box were more dangerous when Zakuani got to the end line.
“I thought we struggled managing the game from the 75th minute to the 85th minute, and then I thought from the 85th minute on, we did a good job of managing the game…but when you haven’t won in a while you sort of get a little nervous and start thinking, ‘Oh hopefully will happen today.'”
Schmid noticed that D James Riley was playing with perhaps too much energy and pushing forward late in the game rather than staying back to help out from his defensive spot. “That’s why he’s cramping up at the end of the game, not because he’s not fit but because he ends up maybe running more than he probably should have at times. But that’s something that you’ve got to be in those types of games to identify those kind of situations. It’s tough to recreate that at training…you go through that and you can learn from that.”