June 16, 2024

Carlos Corberan stated that he was “not happy” with West Brom’s set-piece defense against Birmingham City on February 3rd in the second half.

The Albion manager claimed in an interview with the Express & Star on Friday, February 9, that the performance of his team in the 1-0 victory over the Blues did not match what they had worked on the Friday before the game.

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Even though the Baggies defeated their West Midlands rivals and maintained a clean sheet at The Hawthorns, he stated that the more time they have to practice set-piece defense, the better, since he feels it’s a weakness they “have to fix.”

To answer your question, “Am I happy now that I have that opportunity? No, because the goal can change [everything],” Corberan replied. We wouldn’t be discussing the same topics as we do today; rather than complimenting the improvements, we would be discussing the fact that they haven’t been sufficient to win.

“There isn’t much of a difference between this and the other thing, which is why I’m not happy with our set-piece defense in the second half.”

Is this typical? In my opinion, yes. After all the changes and passion in the game, what we worked on Friday was not what we did on Saturday when you put new players in, who still didn’t have enough time to deal with new behaviors—even though I insisted on practicing on set-piece defending on Friday. I had no idea who would be the last player standing in the game.

The players on the field determine what we do during set pieces. Since we need to remedy this, the more time we have to focus on these steps, the better off we will be. The way we attacked corners in the first half and defended set pieces in the second half did not sit well with me.

At West Brom, Carlos Corberan is a stickler for detail.
It’s fairly obvious that Corberan has very high expectations for his players at West Brom and that he is a perfectionist in every way.

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After spending years assisting Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United, where the Argentine and his team were renowned for their extreme attention to detail, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

The Albion manager thinks that his team will be in the greatest possible position to be promoted to the Premier League this season if they win every match on the field.


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