After losing 0-1 from Costa Rica last Friday, Scotland manager, Alex McLeish said that they are ready to fight against Hungary today. Hungary should expect a tough game this time and put their best effort to steal the victory from Scotland.
Unlike their last defeat, McLeish will not let his opponent leave with a victory this time. To make sure of this, he has placed more experienced players on his side, strengthening his defence, and make sure the best forward players are in their place. Grant Hanley, Matt Ritchie, and Scott McTominay are confirmed to be absent on today’s match after playing for Scotland last Friday.
With only less than 3 months remaining before World Cup, Scotland seriously needs to focus on winning their next game. They better start treating it as a warming up before the real games begin. As their manager said, the only way they can get a good result is by having a good performance. There is no other way to head to Russia if they don’t get this done seriously.
As the manager, McLeish understands this well. He knows that there is only one way for his players to perform well in a game. That way is by building their confidence. Each of them needs to believe that they can win the game by giving the best they can. If they work together as a team, no matter what kind of challenges lie ahead, they can deal with it. Since they live in football, they have to be ready to change their tactics whenever necessary. They have to learn to survive if they want to win.
Survive also means mastering various playing formations and positions. If they want to survive the game, they should obtain the necessary skills. Staying in their comfort zone won’t give them any benefit. This is how McLeish trains his players. To be able to play any formation, change their tactics whenever necessary, and play any formation are the keys to winning a game.
McLeish is right about this. These keys shall grant them victory if they can execute it, especially when their opponent is filled with experienced players. Hungary’s top international player, such as Al Wahda, Balazs Dzsudzsak, and Adam Szalai are expected to join the game. With more than 15 international goals, these players will bring serious threats to Scotland defence line.
With Allan McGregor protecting their goal, Scotland may stand a chance playing against Hungary. Together with Scott McKenna, Charlie Mulgrew, and Grant Hanley, McLeish has put together a deadly combination to hold Hungary’s attack.
In the central midfield, McTominay will join Kevin McDonald to put another layer defence against Hungary, while their teammates, Tom Cairney and Matt Ritchie are trusted to support the team’s captain, Oli McBurnie.
More experienced players are expected to strengthen Scotland formation, both defence and attack. McLeish surely wants to grab some points from their opponent by placing their Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong on the field. Other players, including Matt Philips and John McGinn are also expected to join the match, probably as substitutes.