Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez has gone on the offensive after criticisms over his attacking choices and formation selection.
The Spaniard has come under growing scrutiny over his players not taking their chances despite out performing the opposition. With performances over Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic that deserve more Martinez has been quick to defend his policies and insists that the secret to success is adapting to the new challenges posed by the Championship.
Martinez told The SWEP:
|‘I have never played two up front.Because we have two strikers on the pitch, people assume we are playing two up front.But that’s like having Dennis Lawrence up front and someone saying we are playing with three centre-backs.No player has a label at Swansea City ? every one of them has many jobs because of the way we play.Anyone who follows us knows we adapt things and change things round.In modern football, there are not many teams playing 4-4-2 who are successful on a weekly basis.’|
At that stage of the game, that was what was needed.Derby tried to stop our midfielders so it was a great moment to bring some extra power in other areas of the ground.The moment of the game allowed that to happen, but that’s not the same as playing them in the first 10 minutes.Sometimes it could work for 90 minutes, but that depends on where we play, who we are playing and the form of the players involved.This is not a computer game where you pick names and say ‘yes, that’s going to win the game. It doesn’t work like that.’
In my mind we have 22 players who can start a game and I’m very happy with the options we’ve got.We have got goals in the side and we have got the quality to break any side down.It’s not even a concern for me.I would prefer to see the sort of dominant performance we produced against Derby and a 1-1 draw to a 5-0 win without any pattern.That’s what’s important to me at this stage of the season.’
I think already we are setting the standard too high, with people thinking we should come out and hammer every single team we play. That doesn’t happen.
Tickets are still on sale for the Cardiff City game but Swansea officials are expecting a sell out.