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MessagePosté le: Ven 23 Mar - 12:14 (2018)
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188bet Alex McLeish makes his return as Scotland manager when the Tartan Army host Costa Rica at Hampden Park on Friday, live on Sky Sports.

The 59-year-old will be in the dugout just over 10 years since he last took charge of his country, at the end of a reign which still gives him the highest win percentage of any permanent Scotland manager in history.

He rejoined his home nation last month after their unsuccessful World Cup 2018 qualification bid, missing out on a play-off place to Slovakia on goal difference, and wants the country to regain a "swagger" under his reign.

His first test comes against a Costa Rica side gearing up for a second straight World Cup tournament, having qualified second in the North American standings behind Mexico. 188bet

"I've felt in recent years that we maybe haven't had that swagger," McLeish said.

"I don't think that's the only difference we want to try and make. We went through the last year undefeated and we were so close to the play-offs, but we have got to find a way to go one better than that.

"Very often you get young players coming in and playing with no inhibitions whatsoever, and maybe a part of your career comes along when you start thinking about everything. I want them to be clear in their minds, that there is only one mission here, and that's to play at their top level."

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Kieran Tierney is missing with a calf injury, leaving Charlie Mulgrew to captain Scotland for the first time in his absence. The rest of McLeish's squad are all fit to play, with nine players looking to make their debuts. 188bet


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Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are two of the squad's most reliable performers, defensively diligent from week to week, but there is a sense that their best instincts have long been suppressed.

This isn't something that can be laid solely -- or even primarily -- at the door of Mourinho, since the issue arose some time before his arrival at Old Trafford. The fact is that two players who were among the very best crossers in the Premier League no longer deliver a consistently excellent final ball.

There are probably a couple of good reasons for that. One is that Young, in particular, has lost some of the speed that allowed him to get clear of his man before delivering the ball into the box. Moreover, he is a right-footer playing on the left wing, and so he always has to check back before he releases the ball.

In some games, the unfortunate and cumulative effect is that United concede a good 10 to 15 yards on the left flank in several attacks, since their opponents know that they will not attack the byline with any great aggression. sbobet8888

The addition of Alexis Sanchez has addressed this issue to some extent, but Sanchez is a right-footer, too, so he also hesitates when cutting inside. This might sound like a small matter, but it is the kind of thing which leads to a greater predictability in United's attack.

Young's loss of attacking flair is partly explained by his growing emphasis on his defensive duties, a fate which appears to have befallen Antonio Valencia.

Valencia's transformation is even more remarkable than Young's -- while Young is widely regarded as a hardworking yet ultimately limited full-back, Valencia has the tools to be the complete right-back. His defending has improved immeasurably and he has the speed and strength to unsettle anyone against him on the flank. He also regularly completes around 90 percent of his passes.

Yet there is a sense that Valencia, though a fine servant -- in so far as such as a concept still exists -- is holding himself back, and has done for some time. During the early part of the decade, he was a regular supplier of superb crosses to the head of Wayne Rooney, providing the striker with so many assists that Rooney scored more goals in a season than he ever had before. sbobet8888



 


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