To save England .. a free lesson from Lippi to Southgate before it's too late!
Southgate on England team rescue mission before World Cup kickoff
After many years of working in England, he came out to light a great generation for the English team with a coach who shared their journey from childhood until he reached maturity.
The English team has been planning this process for years, and we can say that it has reaped the fruits of that experience by reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup as well as the European Cup of Nations final.
But, is what achieved the best thing? Did the English team deserve that status?
We may disagree or agree on the extent to which the English are entitled to this situation, but the thing we may agree that this national team is currently experiencing several crises has made it doubtful before the next World Cup.
That is why we are discussing the status of the Three Lions and trying to find out the real reasons behind their decline.
In a time of great English ball at team level, the English trio had a midfield that was undisputed the strongest in the world, there is no doubt that Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes' hat-trick does not compare.
But this on paper, when you talk about the actual work inside the stadium, this was an unresolvable disaster, who could put one of them on the deck? There is no, and by the way, their participation is guaranteed.
But the technical performance was unacceptable, due to the similarity of roles, each player could do the same job, but trying to assign the trio different roles was not comfortable.
Why do we remember that story? Because we live it now but with a lower perspective maybe, we are in front of a team that has many great names in the same position, but when you put them together in formation we don't see any progress in performance.
With the start of each season renewed talk about the right-back position, who is involved? Arnold or James or Walker? Talk does not end and different opinions continue, but the outcome is that no one performs well from the trio.
Then we move to another position, the wing, and we find many competing names, but also there is no strong payoff, as well as with the middle field position.
The result is that there are distinct and even wonderful names in each center, elements that perform distinctively with their teams in various patrols, so what is the problem?
Gareth Southgate to kill the dynamic!
At the 2018 World Cup, I was watching the English team qualify and step up from one role to another and I don't understand how? How can this lax team reach the semi-finals?
Perhaps one reason for the rise was to compete with good teams but not in the first tier at the knockout stages, such as Sweden and Colombia.
But even these teams at the time were trying to make good football, and the England team was playing in a way where there was no dynamism, but all the reliance was on steady strikes and quick turnovers.
Let's get through that tournament and walk together until we reach the Euro Cup competition in 2020.
We will also find that the English team on the final arrival journey faced only a first-level team from Germany, triumphed in the meeting at their stadium at Wembley, and the guests were even more dangerous and deserving to win.
Let's leave the numbers and all the competition and just look at the technical performance, we will also find the same slack motor style of play, a style that is inconsistent with the quality of the players but that believes in winning one way or the other.
The conclusion that we will come out of all this is that Southgate does not play football that suits the elements of the team, does not renew the style of play or even see with him a player who has evolved at his individual level.
We just see old ways to get to the goal and depend on the set pieces and the cross balls of Harry Kane, and the singles of the wings.
We're in front of a team that has front-row elements in all the centers, and yet plays like it was in the 1990s.
Marcello Lippi and Free Lesson
I was absolutely convinced that I had contacted people who could create a team, who could play each other to the best of their ability. In this day and age you win if you become a team, that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to have the best footballers in the country, it's possible not to become the best together as a team, just have to put all the pieces together. "
Those were Lippi's words after the 2006 World Cup title, and Southgate may need to know what the Italian coach said and learn from this simple and free lesson.
Gareth doesn't need to turn into an English Guardiola , he just has to figure out the key to success with the teams.
Lippi was talking about assembling the group and putting them in the best conditions to give their best, and the fact is that this is the most important thing to do with the teams.
Technical and tactical matters take a very important share with clubs, but with the teams the talk is more about making the right conditions to work, treating as a group and a family.
For example, Lippi had a star-ridden team, of course they are better than the elements of the England team currently, but he was able to put each of them in the context that allows him to give his best.
Lippi did not make miracles or do an art revolution at the World Cup, but knew how to unite that group and put it in the right position.
Easy and theoretically simple method, but its practical application requires a huge effort.
Now, Southgate needs that point, he needs to know the best context for playing through which his country can shine, and the fact is that this is not difficult for a coach who has been coaching English teams since 2011.
But Gareth seems to disagree with that idea, because not being aware of it all those years means that nothing new will happen, but, it may all change before the World Cup kicks off, and we may see England on the podium.