Great Britain Olympic Soccer Team: Starting XI Options for Stuart Pearce

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Great Britain Olympic Soccer Team: Starting XI Options for Stuart Pearce
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Stuart Pearce’s men will kick off against Senegal on Thursday having not yet won a match whilst playing as a collective unit.

Last Friday’s friendly against Brazil revealed with startling clarity the difficulty that awaits the first British team to play since 1971.

There was a clear lack of cohesion within all ranks of the squad. The defence was poorly organised, no one led the midfield and the attacking play was virtually non-existent.

These are all challenges that Stuart Pearce’s men must conquer against Senegal on Thursday.  

One of the key reasons why Brazil were a class above Britain was due to the fact that the Brazilians have grown accustomed to playing amongst one another. Team GB, on the other hand, is a mishmash of Premier League hopefuls, most of whom have struggled to break into their team’s starting eleven.

This does not mean that Stuart Pearce is without options come kick off against Senegal. There is enough depth within the team to play a number of different systems, all of which will be discussed in the next few slides….

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