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Asbaghi, Ways & Wombles – On The Ponty Finish

On the seventeenth of November 2021, the Reds introduced the appointment of Swedish-Iranian head coach Poya Asbaghi because the membership’s new gaffer. With Spaniard Ferran Sibila, (who we’ll get onto later), as his assistant.

With an appointment that actually appeared extra spreadsheet focussed from the membership than his predecessor Markus Schopp (the much less mentioned about him the higher), a whole lot of the discourse round Grove Avenue shortly shifted to; ‘How is that this man going to set us as much as play?’.

Effectively, I’m going to try to clarify simply that.

However firstly, I’m certain I echo the ideas of many followers in welcoming Poya and his workforce to ‘Tarn’, I want all of them the very best in hopefully bringing again the nice instances to Oakwell.



The very first thing that must be acknowledged about Asbaghi’s ‘typical’ ways is that while the core ideas of his sport have a tendency to stay comparatively constant, he likes to shift between a couple of completely different formations. 

His three most favoured set-ups in Sverige have been; 3-4-3, 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-3-2. With the latter of the tripartite being the formation he used to beat Malmo FF within the Swedish Cup remaining.

Nevertheless, on account of personnel and Asbaghi’s current success together with his Sweden U21’s aspect, I’d anticipate the Reds to favour the 3-4-3 and 4-2-3-1 beneath Asbaghi. The previous being because of the Reds’ gluttony of Centre-Halves and the latter on account of Asbaghi’s excellent success with Sweden U21’s, the place he deployed the 4-2-3-1 to perfection as he guided them to six wins from 10 video games. 

With the 4-2-3-1 actually, Asbaghi has favoured a workforce press, with the press of his Göteborg aspect being most attention-grabbing, the place he principally dedicated 5 gamers excessive and with a man-orientated scheme. Crucial man-marking half was the midfield, the place a midfielder would drop deeper to mark the opposition’s most superior midfielder or second striker, whereas two different two targets (typically the midfield two) have been marked by the far-side winger and one other midfielder. The ball-side winger ought to shut the ball-side full-back, whereas the strikers have been urgent the centre-backs in a 2-2. Which will sound very difficult, I do know – however visually it could appear to be a way more coordinated press than what we now have seen for a protracted whereas, the place each participant can be given a particular position to carry out within the attacking unit.

Personnel smart, I’m fairly assured in making a prediction that whoever the left-sided attacker is in Asbaghi’s system goes to be fairly fruitful, whether or not that be Aaron Leya-Iseka or Carlton Morris. I’d additionally think about that we might lastly see a Callum Brittain that considerably resembles the participant all of us watched on iFollow final season, with Asbaghi liking his full-backs to bomb on excessive up the pitch, whether or not that be within the 3-4-3 or 4-2-3-1. Lastly, I can even envisage a world the place Claudio Gomes is afforded plenty of time on the ball, because of the system the Swede favours, to select some actual Hollywood passes.


That is the place I’m going to get onto Asbaghi’s assistant, 33 year-old Spaniard, Ferran Sibila.

An exponent of the Ekkono technique, (it has been talked about this may increasingly sound similar to Orinoco the Womble), Sibila has some actually vivid concepts about the way in which that footballers must be coached, so I’m going to briefly cowl what mentioned Ekkono technique entails.

The Ekkono Methodology is a coaching methodology during which the target is to make sure that gamers are able to appropriately decoding the sport and discovering clever options within the area. It has 4 main tips which I’ll define right here; 

Video games: Design and steady readjustment of the coaching duties to make it possible for gamers are embedded within the studying context. 

Notion: Perceptive coaching is included within the content material planning to make sure gamers have sturdy in-game notion mantras. 

Questions: When coaching, the gamers are confronted with problematic conditions and they’re requested to reply questions. 

Ideas: Coaching contents is just not sufficient; ideas must be skilled as effectively, an idea could also be for instance the idea of ‘Gegenpressing’ or ‘Tiki-Taka’. 

Thus, coaches typically concentrate on bettering a gamers’ bodily and technical features as a result of these qualities are perceived as crucial. Nevertheless, there’s a third key half to the sport that’s typically missed. 

That is the cognitive side of the sport – the way in which gamers understand the sport and make essential selections within the area. 

That is as a lot psychology as it’s sport, however I’m actually excited concerning the prospect of Ekkono at Oakwell, particularly because it has been talked about to me many instances on the terraces this season that we’re presumably missing a ‘psychological edge’ that we as soon as possessed. 

Sadly I don’t have a wanting glass during which I can inform you the place we’re going or the place we’re certain, however hopefully Poya & Ferran can flip our world round and information us into a way more comfy place within the Championship desk. 

No matter occurs subsequent, I feel we must always strap ourselves in for one more Magical Thriller Tour. 

What do you assume?

All suggestions is appreciated, if you wish to touch upon this text or chat about Barnsley Soccer Membership, you’ll find me on Twitter, my deal with is @TomOTPE.



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