Goal’s Joshua Ansah suggests five things the Black Satellites need to do before they can overcome the ‘Mission Impossible’ against Spain tonightSPECIAL
By Joshua Ansah
Ghana v Spain is almost a mission impossible and it would not be out of place to hear the ‘Mission Impossible’ theme song playing in the Ghanaian dressing room before the match, but coming back to the ‘real’ world it is almost damn near impossible to stop the Spanish juggernaut that has been rolling over various opposition at all levels. The current Uefa Under-19 champions started off their campaign with a sumptuous win over USA, playing the sort of slick football which only the proverbial parking of the bus has occasionally, I repeat occasionally, gotten the better of.
The Spanish though are yet to win this tournament after two attempts in their recent charmed history and are still beatable but to manage this, a lot will have to be done well.
|GET THE RIGHT MENTALITY|
|DON'T PARK THE BUS
I know, I know that seems like the best way to counter the control freaks of the Spaniards, although AC Milan and Bayern Munich found other ways to do it, but if Ghana are going to get anything from this match, then they will have to abandon this particular philosophy, mainly because they suck at parking the bus. Against France you feel the Black Satellites will have benefited from a little bit more positivity rather than looking to hit the French on the counter, an approach that required a lot of solid defensive work which they managed well for about an hour before all came crumbling down. Considering Yaya Sanogo who led the French line is anything but mobile that was an easier task compared to the Spanish forward line which employed Suso as a false nine against USA and along with Gerard Deulofeu and Jese Rodriguez dragged the American defence all over the place with their movement. In those circumstances the Ghanaian defence will most likely fold far sooner than it took them to against France and while I don’t suggest they go out guns blazing or worse still try to play the Spaniards to their own game, I believe parking the bus will get the Black Satellites nowhere against the Spaniards.
|GET THE BACK FOUR PROTECTION|
|UTILISE THE WING PLAY
Against France, the clearest opening Ghana had was from wide with Frank Acheampong showing the way early on with some incisive play down the wing. His inability to provide end product in the final third though coupled with Anaba’s ineffectiveness out wide meant that the Satellites will not trouble the French throughout the game. Ghana’s only goal, predictably, came through more wing play, this time Narh and Baba Abdul Rahman combining to provide for Boakye-Yiadom who was lurking in the box to provide the finish. Based on their game against the French and the undeniable central prowess of the Spaniards, it is most likely that Ghana’s most obvious chance of getting anything out of the game, will lie in their ability to get the best out of their wingers on the day and optimise their productivity from wide.
|BE EFFICIENT IN POSSESSION
Did we miss something? Is there something you think the Black Satellites should be doing on Monday? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.
Follow Joshua Ansah on Twitter