Why Israel Can’t Get Over The Hump
Another game and another loss for Luis Fernandez. One could argue that he put players out of position and out of their level, but it was a desperate attempt by Fernandez who recognized the fact that previous starters lacked quality to defend at the international level. Israel has some very good players in the midfield and forward positions, but the current crop of defenders apart from Tal Ben-Haim , lack the athleticism and tactical intelligence to be successful. Israel also lacks talented players that are, simply put, big. Simply put, Israel doesn’t have the size to take advantage of set piece situations. This is critical in close games and can make a difference between a win or loss. In order to compete at a high level in Europe size and speed are key in addition to technical ability. Until Israel has a more balanced squad, the team will continue to struggle regardless of the coach.