Hyypia calls on Albion to counter-attack with more pace

Sami Hyypia shows off his new colours at Albion's training ground today

Sami Hyypia shows off his new colours at Albion's training ground today

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Sami Hyypia wants his Albion side to counter-attack with pace.

But he was unwilling to go into tactical detail – or even confirm what formation he will play - as he plots for the Championship.

The Seagulls’ new boss used a 4-3-3 system similar to that seen at the Amex in the past two campaigns when he was in charge at Bayer Leverkusen.

He liked to have one member of his midfield three patrolling just ahead of the defence in what Albion fans use to know as the Liam Bridcutt role.

His front three typically comprised two widemen and a lone central striker.

But, unlike predecessors Oscar Garcia and Gus Poyet, he is not too worried about monopolising possession.

He has studied Albion’s matches last season and seemed to believe they did not counter-attack quickly enough as he spoke to reporters this morning.

Hyypia said: “As a defender I like a team that defends very well.

“But attacking is also important. Without goals you can’t win. Compact, good defending - and a quick transition is one of the points I saw that this team could do better.

“Possession is only a number. What you do with it is more important. We have to work hard for six weeks to make sure with the possession we score a goal.”

Hyypia believes he learned quickly when he spent two years at the helm for Bayer Leverkusen.

He worked with former youth coach Sascha Lewandowski in his first campaign but was on his own last season.

The former Liverpool star added: “In the later part of when I was still a player other people were convinced I would be a good manager and pushed me in this direction.

“I'm very happy to have gone down this road.

“I have always been an observer. As a player I observed what managers and players were doing. My opportunity was unusual in that ten months after I stopped playing I was managing a Bundesliga club.

“That was a good school for me. In practice you learn more than when you are at school and I have learned a lot.

“Hopefully I can bring those things to this club.”

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4:22pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

It all sounds very reassuiring and it's a relief to hear some of Hyypia's comments.
However, some of his squad might need a motorbike if they are to speed up going forward....
It all sounds very reassuiring and it's a relief to hear some of Hyypia's comments. However, some of his squad might need a motorbike if they are to speed up going forward.... Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 12

4:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Neville says...

Spot on, as I have often said we have the majority of possession but most of it is in our own half and we allow teams to reform their defence,swift counter attacking is the key and of course we need pace,especially in midfield.so far so good.
Spot on, as I have often said we have the majority of possession but most of it is in our own half and we allow teams to reform their defence,swift counter attacking is the key and of course we need pace,especially in midfield.so far so good. Neville
  • Score: 17

4:38pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

In a week with the video machine he has learnt more than many others have over an entire season (or 2 !). If it means we shall be playing like Derby next season it can only be good for everyone concerned (especially if we can get a top 2 finish which the Rams so richly deserved).

Interesting times ahead and very encouraging news for one or two who thought they were fringe players there to keep the bench warm.

UTA...
In a week with the video machine he has learnt more than many others have over an entire season (or 2 !). If it means we shall be playing like Derby next season it can only be good for everyone concerned (especially if we can get a top 2 finish which the Rams so richly deserved). Interesting times ahead and very encouraging news for one or two who thought they were fringe players there to keep the bench warm. UTA... Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: 12

4:51pm Thu 12 Jun 14

DuncanThickett says...

I'm feeling positive!!!
I'm feeling positive!!! DuncanThickett
  • Score: 9

4:54pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

All good to hear, we were defo guilty last year of making it too easy for defenders to defender as we were so slow, surely this is good news for Lua Lua and if fit Buckley
All good to hear, we were defo guilty last year of making it too easy for defenders to defender as we were so slow, surely this is good news for Lua Lua and if fit Buckley Uckfield Seagull
  • Score: 6

5:03pm Thu 12 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

Uckfield Seagull wrote:
All good to hear, we were defo guilty last year of making it too easy for defenders to defender as we were so slow, surely this is good news for Lua Lua and if fit Buckley
good for the two you mentioned and a hint that more pace might arrive at the club, I think Crofts will like this idea.
[quote][p][bold]Uckfield Seagull[/bold] wrote: All good to hear, we were defo guilty last year of making it too easy for defenders to defender as we were so slow, surely this is good news for Lua Lua and if fit Buckley[/p][/quote]good for the two you mentioned and a hint that more pace might arrive at the club, I think Crofts will like this idea. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 8

5:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

So much common sense spoken by Sami. We had a very good side last season but didn't have any tempo going forward. By the time we reached the 18 yd line they were all set up to defend. No wonder we scored so few goals.
The best form of defence is attack. I'm feeling positive. UTA
So much common sense spoken by Sami. We had a very good side last season but didn't have any tempo going forward. By the time we reached the 18 yd line they were all set up to defend. No wonder we scored so few goals. The best form of defence is attack. I'm feeling positive. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 6

5:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

mark by the sea says...

I doubt sami suffered as much as we did watching tepid scared football last season, far to many sideway passes when defenders are getting into position, absolutely pointless trying to break a team down after you let them get set in defence.. Far to much over playing rather than a natural rhythm ..
I doubt sami suffered as much as we did watching tepid scared football last season, far to many sideway passes when defenders are getting into position, absolutely pointless trying to break a team down after you let them get set in defence.. Far to much over playing rather than a natural rhythm .. mark by the sea
  • Score: 4

5:51pm Thu 12 Jun 14

stonegold says...

Hallelujah! Win or lose this surely has to be the way forward - so much of last season was turgid and not enjoyable to watch.
Hallelujah! Win or lose this surely has to be the way forward - so much of last season was turgid and not enjoyable to watch. stonegold
  • Score: 4

5:55pm Thu 12 Jun 14

stonegold says...

stonegold wrote:
Hallelujah! Win or lose this surely has to be the way forward - so much of last season was turgid and not enjoyable to watch.
Meant "tedious" not "turgid"
[quote][p][bold]stonegold[/bold] wrote: Hallelujah! Win or lose this surely has to be the way forward - so much of last season was turgid and not enjoyable to watch.[/p][/quote]Meant "tedious" not "turgid" stonegold
  • Score: 2

6:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Perseus says...

Possession is essentially a defensive tactic and quite a good one (the best) when leading with a few minutes to go. Useful when trying to prise and opening against a deep defence and can wear the opposition out chasing shadows. But too many times we kept possession without threatening the opposition. It is all about the right decisions.
Possession is essentially a defensive tactic and quite a good one (the best) when leading with a few minutes to go. Useful when trying to prise and opening against a deep defence and can wear the opposition out chasing shadows. But too many times we kept possession without threatening the opposition. It is all about the right decisions. Perseus
  • Score: 5

7:04pm Thu 12 Jun 14

mickagull says...

Say what the fans want to hear, all what the Burke has told you the fans will like to hear, attack attack attack. I hope after 10 games it's still attack attack attack. Good luck to us all in this season of transmission.
Say what the fans want to hear, all what the Burke has told you the fans will like to hear, attack attack attack. I hope after 10 games it's still attack attack attack. Good luck to us all in this season of transmission. mickagull
  • Score: -6

9:47pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

So pleased pace and counter attacking in numbers have been mentioned so much over the last week.

You see a trend now for teams such as Derby, Liverpool, Southampton, doing this - it's refreshing, leads to more goals as defences panic and it's a far cry from the slow predictable attacking of the Amex-era Poyet and OG teams.
So pleased pace and counter attacking in numbers have been mentioned so much over the last week. You see a trend now for teams such as Derby, Liverpool, Southampton, doing this - it's refreshing, leads to more goals as defences panic and it's a far cry from the slow predictable attacking of the Amex-era Poyet and OG teams. Withdean-er
  • Score: 4

1:22am Fri 13 Jun 14

WestStander17 says...

This quicker counter-attacking style appears to be what most people want. I'm happy to go along with that as long as, like Liverpool, there is some finesse to it. I hope knocking long balls up to Leo is not what we are heading for (excuse the pun!).

May I suggest that the key area we need to improve if this is the route we are taking is the defence. We have the players to attack at pace; Buckley, Lua Lua and CMS will love it. The possession game we have been playing though did mean our defence had far less actual defending to do. This is what led to our good defensive record, not the quality of our defenders (barring Upson).

A midfield 3 of Ince, Crofts and Stephens should work well as they are solid in defence and the latter 2 can cover the ground to get forward too.

Good defenders are needed. Bruno and Calderon have right-back covered. Calderon, IMO, could fill the left-back position. Can Greer and Dunk cope when asked to defend 50+% of the game? I have my doubts.
This quicker counter-attacking style appears to be what most people want. I'm happy to go along with that as long as, like Liverpool, there is some finesse to it. I hope knocking long balls up to Leo is not what we are heading for (excuse the pun!). May I suggest that the key area we need to improve if this is the route we are taking is the defence. We have the players to attack at pace; Buckley, Lua Lua and CMS will love it. The possession game we have been playing though did mean our defence had far less actual defending to do. This is what led to our good defensive record, not the quality of our defenders (barring Upson). A midfield 3 of Ince, Crofts and Stephens should work well as they are solid in defence and the latter 2 can cover the ground to get forward too. Good defenders are needed. Bruno and Calderon have right-back covered. Calderon, IMO, could fill the left-back position. Can Greer and Dunk cope when asked to defend 50+% of the game? I have my doubts. WestStander17
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Fri 13 Jun 14

don't wanna do it like that says...

Just need a whole new team now to make this work"are U havin a laugh"
Just need a whole new team now to make this work"are U havin a laugh" don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: -1

8:55am Sat 14 Jun 14

Conelli98 says...

Attack with more pace....FINALLY!
Attack with more pace....FINALLY! Conelli98
  • Score: 0

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