At the top of the campaign: the importance of Beavers was discussed against Albania
Whether he starts in the lineup or comes off the bench, the absence of the dominant and experienced players only reinforced the importance of the captain on Saturday night.
There are very few tickets left for the game, Bloomfield is expected to be full
Friday, September 23, 2022, 10:40 a.m
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If during the tenure of Willy Rothensteiner Beavers Natcho was the focus of debate, question marks and network discussions regarding his necessity for the Israeli national team, it seems that during the tenure of Yossi Banyon and Alon Hazan the issue fell off the agenda.
Although the affairs of Mons Davor, Omer Atzili and Eran Zahavi have a significant part in this, nevertheless, in the team that is starting to carry out the grieving process, and will be missing tomorrow (Saturday) so many experienced and dominant players, the Partizan Belgrade midfielder is perhaps the most significant figure of the team.
There are faster and more physical players in the midfield, but the facts tell again and again: coach after coach goes with Natcho.
In the end, coaches see and feel what the average soccer fan understands less about, which is the experience, the composure, the ability to play quietly with the ball, to calm down, to lead, all the elements that will create for Natcho an extensive career overseas and stability in the national team.
Of course, a bad game by the captain will bring back the grievances - Natacho was not anchored for 90 minutes, when he gets tired and has trouble chasing players he is usually replaced, sometimes he arrives a little rusty and starts on the bench, and there is also a dependence on the defensive level of the midfielders with him.
If the captain plays with Netta Lavi next to him and Ramzi Spuri in front of them, in a formation behind him with four defensive players, this is clearly a bet on proactive and attacking football, and on the other hand leaves the team exposed in the center of the field and in the transitions of the opponents.
Against Albania, the national team needs Natcho's minutes.
The squad is not flashy, it doesn't have too many decisive players, and as cliché as it may sound - this is a game that may be decided by heart and soul.
The team needs to bring something different from itself, with all the shortcomings and the fact that there isn't too much from the bench either.
She will have to play tactically and smartly, know when to press and on the other hand when to calm down and play behind the ball, and Natcho is perhaps the only player in the current team who can lead these balances.
Its importance may be great.
Natcho (Photo: Barney Ardov)
The national team will hold the final training session tonight at the Bloomfield Stadium, where the lineup will be finally clarified and perhaps also a last minute surprise from Alon Hazan.
As of yesterday, there were a few hundred tickets left and Bloomfield should be sold out with 27 thousand fans of the Israeli team.
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