Alberts: Too many national players in one team can affect the national squad

Sarawak coach Robert Alberts believes that some of the teams having too many national players in their squad can have a negative impact on Harimau Malaya

With his comments, Sarwak coach Robert Alberts is believed to be talking about the star-studded Johor Darul Ta’zim, who have several national players serve as reserve players.

According to Bernama, Alberts said “When you let your best players rest on the bench so often it’s not good for the players and can have (a) negative effect on the national squad. Whoever will coach the national team would face a tough time to build a strong team.”

He added that the players should be concerned on playing more frequently and keeping their consistency so they can be on top form whenever they represent their country.

However, Alberts also said that the arrival of many import players for this season has increased the standard of games in the Malaysia Super League, and he believes that the team who are the most consistent can become champions at the end of the season.

Tipping six teams to fight for the title, which are JDT, Kelantan, ATM, Selangor, Lions XII and Pahang; Alberts also believes Sarawak can give them a challenge as well, with his target of finishing in the top six at the end of the season.

Sarawak did not get off to a good start after they lost away from home 2-0 at the hands of ATM, and they will have to work hard in their second game as they welcome last years FA Cup winners Kelantan to Kuching on Saturday.