The coach of Tottenham, Ange Postecoglou, has expressed concern that implementing blue cards and sin-bins could have a negative impact on football. A trial is being considered, where a blue card would be given for dissent and professional fouls, resulting in the offender being removed from play for 10 minutes.
Fifa has recently stated that the sin-bin trial will not take place in professional football. The International Football Association Board, responsible for making decisions about the sport, will not release details about the trial until next month. Despite this, Postecoglou strongly disagrees with the idea and believes it would have a negative impact on the game. He expressed his belief that having one team playing with 10 men for 10 minutes would ruin the game.
One team may end up wasting time for 10 minutes while waiting for a player to arrive. Other sports are working towards simplifying things, but for some strange reason, we are going in the opposite direction.
Postecoglou talked at length about the laws of the game before Saturday’s visit of Brighton. The Spurs manager defended his goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, who conceded from another corner during last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Everton. Vicario failed to deal with Dwight McNeil’s delivery into his six-yard area while under pressure from Jack Harrison, which was also the case in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City last month.
Rúben Dias crowded around Vicario on that occasion from a Kevin De Bruyne corner and the Tottenham goalkeeper’s flap resulted in Nathan Aké scoring. Spurs have written to Professional Game Match Officials Limited this week to get clarification over why both goals have not fallen under the bracket of encroachment.
“We have requested further clarification,” stated Postecoglou. “I may receive criticism for this, but there was a clear issue during the game where the goalkeeper seemed to have special protection. This is not just my opinion. This idea has been commonly acknowledged because any obstruction of a goalkeeper within the six-yard box would result in a foul. I was aware of this as a player and as a manager.”
In my opinion, there has been a change in the rule regarding obstruction. When a player blocks a goalkeeper before the ball reaches them, it is considered obstruction in simpler terms. This change may lead to more tactics of surrounding and crowding the goalkeeper, placing balls on top of them, and waiting for the chaotic situation to resolve.
I was extremely impressed with Vic’s performance the other day. Despite conceding nine corners, he confidently took charge and effectively defended against each one. I truly admire the way he handled the situation. People often say that players need to be stronger, but what does that mean? With the use of VAR, any physical contact or aggression towards an opposing player can result in a penalty against us.
Tottenham welcomes back their captain, Son Heung-min, for their match against Brighton. Coach Postecoglou is counting on Son’s return to help their unexpected push for the title. According to Opta Analyst, Spurs have a 0.1% probability of winning the Premier League this year. When asked about this statistic, Postecoglou responded, “Did it say 0.1%? Well then, we still have a chance. Let’s go for it! I have no doubts or concerns. We have a shot.”