Indonesia Prioritizes Defense Ahead of Liverpool Clash

By : SP/Haikal Pasya | on 10:03 AM July 19, 2013
Category : Sports, Football

After losing 7-0 to one of the leading lights of the English Premier League, the Indonesian team plans to regroup and focus on its back-four organization ahead of Saturday's friendly tie against Liverpool FC, coach Jacksen F. Tiago said on Thursday.

"We are focusing on restoring some order into our defense line," Tiago said. "When we played against Arsenal, the defense organization was not as good as when we faced the Dutch [natioonal] team."

Tiago said analysis of Saturday's loss to Arsenal had found the Merah Putih to be particularly vulnerable at the back, with errors creeping in at key times. Arsenal forward players' movement off the ball outfoxed Tiago's defenders too easily and the full backs were frequently found out of position by the North London side's quick passing game.

Arsenal was a more experienced and, of course, better-funded side, and while Liverpool will be no different in either of these regards, the Steven Gerrard-led team will pose a more physical presence in midfield at Gelora Bung Karno stadium.

"Liverpool is more powerful than Arsenal," Tiago said. "Arsenal still gave room for our players to play with the ball. Liverpool will engage in shock therapy."

Tiago said he has instructed his starting eleven to build passages of play from the back line and to be less inhibited going forward.

"So far, the players have not been too daring in facing the pressure exerted by their opponents," he said. "Liverpool is certain to exert strong pressure from early on and it is up to us to see how we can rebuild our players' confidence after their defeat to Arsenal."

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