TT Under-15 coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier, is asking for a more collective effort today from his players when they face Mexico in the TT Football Association Under-15 Invitational Tournament, at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, at 7.15 pm. TT suffered a 4-0 defeat to neighbours Venezuela in the second round of the tournament, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, in Port of Spain, on Friday night.
That result followed TT’s opening round loss to Panama 5-4 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, on Wednesday.
Venezuela led 2-0 at half-time after goals by Deivi Hernandez in the 22nd minute and Carlos Torres in the 44th. Klinsmann Gomez put Venezuela 3-0 up in the 78th, before Edwin Brito ended off the scoring with a stoppage time effort.
“Tonight, I thought we were very disappointing in our performance. Venezuela definitely was better than us, they deserved to win the game. From my point of view, we could only learn from the experience,” Charles-Fevrier said after the match.
The coach said his players found it difficult against the brand of football their opponents played. “We came up against a South American style of football. A lot of short passes, a lot of rotation and it is the first time we playing against that style of play. For me we should play more against teams that play that style of football because our players had problems coping with the movement and the rotation of the Venezuelans.” Charles-Fevrier wants a better team effort tonight. “I believe our players need to improve in terms of their knowledge tactically and that is what we have to work on...if you watch the game you would realise we still depend too much on individual players. If you watch the Venezuelans they play more team (with) one two touches, everybody always involved. They play more collective.”
TT made a number of changes for the Venezuela match as the coach said, in this tournament, all the players must get a chance.
“This tournament is a preparation tournament. Today, I had to rotate the team because every player must get 60 minutes playing time, so I could not have started today with our best possible team. Having said that I was happy to start the other players...because I think it is good that every player get a chance to develop.”
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TT suffered a 4-0 defeat to neighbours Venezuela in the second round of the TT Football Association Under-15 Invitational Tournament, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, last night.
After TT lost a close match 5-4 to Panama, at the Ato Boldon Stadium, in Couva, on Wednesday, the home team was no match for Venezuela falling to a heavy defeat.
Venezuela led 2-0 at halftime after goals by Deivi Hernandez in the 22nd minute and Carlos Torres in the 44th. Klinsmann Gomez put Venezuela 3-0 up in the 78th, before Edwin Brito ended off the scoring with a stoppage time effort.
TT will play Mexico next at 7.15 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium, tomorrow.