How to improve consistency and to extract the maximum from the players?
Consistency is a hidden attribute that facilitates transformation wonderkid → world-class player.
Sometimes I wonder whether it is more important than determination? I think the truth is in the middle of the road.
It is therefore important that we carefully read the reports of our scouts and trainers in order to determine whether the player is “fairly consistent performer” or not.
However, the word “inconsistent” may not be a problem if you know how to motivate a player.
This means it has appropriate training tasks, clearly defined squad status and critique/praise for the results achieved in each match.
A system where everyone knows what is expected of him and the consequences for the non-execution of the task!
The hardest thing is to criticize the players
I mentioned consistency and determination but I’m not a player’s rating at the end of the match.
Thanks to this, I know when to criticize and when to praise. The red line is 6.6.
Let’s see how it looks in practice! As an example, I’ll take my team’s victory against Bayer Leverkusen (1-0).
As an example, I’ll take my team’s win against Bayer Leverkusen (1-0).
I am very happy with the result (away match), but also concerned about the inefficiency of my attackers.
Cause of the problem
As you can see, players have low ratings (6.4 and 6.5) in the AML and ST positions.
Obviously, there is a need for discussion and criticism. But …
I have to find the cause of the problem! Is it a passing, tackling, shooting or bad movement on the pitch?
I can not tell the striker that he played poorly in the match, without explaining which segment of the game should pay attention to.
Analyze data on the image above. Fiete Arp has a good passing (29/21), tackling (1/1), shooting (3/1), but the problem is bad movement (offside – 3 times).
After this information, I can talk to my striker and pay attention to its reaction.
Fiete Arp agrees with me that the offside trap were obstacles on the way and will try to correct the impression in the coming matches.
I am very happy about it and we move on. I don’t like to punish players (fine 1 or 2 weeks wages), but sometimes it’s the only solution.
Suppose Fiete has a rating of 6.2 and admits that he was wrong, he would have received a public warning.
If he doesn’t accept the fact that he had made a mistake, he would have been punished – fine 1 weeks wages.
When the rating is below 6.0, I apply other rules.
When is the right moment to praise a player?
If we talk about the result at the end of the match, then it is a rating above 9.0.
Of course, when the opponent is extremely strong (eg Bayern Munich), and one of my players has a rating between 8.0 – 9.0, it certainly deserves a nice word.
At the end of the month, I look at the top 3 players and their form.
If the average rating is above 7.20, it is a sign that the player gives his maximum in every match and I will surely find the attribute “Consistency” in his report by the coach in the club.
Consistency is easily noticeable in training
When players recognize you as an authority in the club, they are extra motivated in training.
They know that no one is privileged over others!
It’s not important the player’s market value (EUR 2 M or 20 M), year, international experience and the like.
It is important to take the opportunity to be among the top 11.
Anyone who thinks I can become a player, and he can be a manager, very quickly gets a call for a B team or a transfer list.
At the end of the season, I underline the line and I’m making a plan to win new trophies.
That’s it. If you want to improve the player’s consistency you need to be a “big boss”.
Do not, after losing 5-0, click on continue and think that the problem has been resolved. Wrong!
Look for the cause of the problem and criticize/praise at the right time.
Discipline is the key to everything and don’t let the players making the team and question your decisions.
The result will be the following: the lower part of the table, the bad atmosphere in the dressing room and a lot of questions beginning with “why did you …”. I’m sure you don’t want to see it.
Thank you for your attention and time.
Author: Alen Stefanovic Game: Football Manager 2017