I have also been a professional head coach for 23 years.
I watch a lot of games on TV. Too many in fact. Things have conspired to work in my favor in this regard.
I now coach early in the morning Central Standard Time (Texas in USA), coming home shortly after lunch. Because of the time difference, evening European games during the week are shown here at about 2 p.m.
I watch games for enjoyment and relaxation, but I also try and watch with a critical eye to help me in my profession.
One of the annoyances of these blogs is that it is easy to second guess tactics after the fact. One can say that Coach X’s tactical move created the opportunity for Player Y to score. Of course, Coach Z on the other side of the technical area made his tactical changes too, but his did not work out.
The crux is being able to see the flow of the game, and predict what will happen.
As an exercise in creative thinking and in order to force myself to watch games with a more critical eye, I have decided to try and ANTICIPATE what will happen in the second half, based on what has happened in the first half.
I will analyze what has happened and then based on my own view of the game and my own experiences, predict what will happen, or what would work better for one of the teams, or both teams.
This means that I will have to get my prediction out and on the web as the second half is starting. No more sitting around drinking tea at half time.
Given the randomness of the game, and the fact that the likes of Chelsea can beat Barcelona, I expect to be wrong more times than I am right.
Sid Lowe CAVEAT: There are some games that I watch later on DVR, and obviously for these games you will just have to trust me that I don’t know the result of the game before I write my piece. But anyway, I am not doing this for you, it is more for me and my development as a coach.
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