The beat goes on

  • Football
  • Friday, 10 Apr 2020

Bundle of joy: PJ City players celebrating after R. Kogileswaran scored the winner in their 3-2 victory over Pahang on March 6.

PETALING JAYA: With his favourite Indian tunes playing in the background, Petaling Jaya City coach K. Devan is setting the tempo for how his players perform when the M-League returns.

Currently based in his hometown Seremban for the movement control order (MCO) period, the experienced tactician is always watching videos of his team’s previous games and even reading up on tactical reports to broaden his knowledge.

“I have sent some videos for the players to go through, ” said the former Selangor and Negri Sembilan coach.

“When opponents press us high up, we struggle to build up attacks. We lose the ball often in the final third, so players have to learn how to stay calm and composed.

“We cannot lose possession during attack. Also, we have to fix on our final passes and shooting from distance, ” he said.

His team are currently 10th in the league with four points from three matches, beating Pahang 3-2, holding Felda United 1-1 and losing to Perak 0-2.

He has deemed his Phoenix’ performance as decent, but believes that once the league resumes, his boys can do better.

Devan believes the signing of Anawin Junjeen can help fix the problems he has identified. The former Thai international is a good fit in midfield, and Devan sees him as an option to make those final passes.

“He is someone who can help bring the ball from defence to attack. He has the speed and his passes are pretty good too.

“We needed someone to boost the midfield, that is why he was brought in to replace Mark Hartmann.”

For now, Devan has made sure his coaching staff have provided personalised training programmes for each player as he wants every single one of them to rejoin training in peak condition.

“They have the equipment and mini gyms at home, so they can do basic cardio and bodyweight workout.

“It is time for them to build their fitness to ensure that they can last during matches. That is important in modern football.”

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