Marco Kurz shows tactical nous despite Adelaide being down to ten men

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    Marco Kurz is a flexible and adaptable tactician, and he displayed his managerial aptitude when Adelaide United (the Reds) were down to ten men against the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

    He didn’t stay stagnant and he made alterations that changed the momentum of the contest, with the Reds nearly collecting the three points on offer.

    Kurz showed that he is versatile and able to think laterally as a coach. All three substitutions he made on Saturday made an impact and altered the balance of play.

    He took a chance and a risk putting Taylor Regan on in place of Jordan O’Doherty shortly after Ersan Gulum was issued a straight red card.

    Kurz has shown faith in his young players with the likes of Jordan Elsey, Ryan Strain, Ryan Kitto and George Blackwood all growing as players this season. He isn’t scared to throw inexperienced players into the deep end.

    There will be an opportunity for these players to go and ply their trade overseas if they continue on their positive trajectory.

    Strain hasn’t missed a game since Round 8. He has made many marauding runs forward and found pockets of space, playing with freedom in spite of being a part of the back four.

    Regardless of Blackwood failing to hit the back of the net on a regular basis, Kurz has shown trust in the striker’s ability. Elsey showed his versatility on Saturday when he scored the first goal of the game for the Reds.

    Kurz plays with two attacking wing backs. Ben Garuccio has made many a run forward, finding space and getting into the right channels to play intelligent crosses into the 18-yard box. Strain has also made forward runs and looked dangerous when in possession.

    Kurz showed that he wasn’t scared to make tough decisions on Saturday when he started new import Dzengis Cavusevic on the bench. The move worked well because Cavusevic was able to play in the striker position and was unlucky not to score due to his shot being brilliantly saved by Ben Kennedy.

    Michael Marrone made an impact off the bench as well, making intelligent runs and looking dangerous in possession in his short stint on the pitch.

    It was a remarkable coaching effort from Kurz on Saturday, with the Reds managing to claw back a two-goal deficit, despite being down to ten men. Thanks to the system, structure and line up that Kurz has implemented I wouldn’t be surprised if the likes of Garuccio, Elsey and Blackwood are on the radar for the Socceroos.

    Kurz deserves a lot of credit for his attacking mindset and his adaptability as a manager.

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • February 21st 2018 @ 3:10pm
      Kris said | February 21st 2018 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

      Looking at his resume it won’t be the last time Čavušević is on the bench; all his goals in Swiss second division.

    • February 21st 2018 @ 3:16pm
      Lee said | February 21st 2018 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

      Good observation. Maybe the Swiss second division is better than the A-League.

    • February 21st 2018 @ 8:16pm
      Savic said | February 21st 2018 @ 8:16pm | ! Report

      Cavusevic ‘ll be ‘right. He was hardly standing still up front waiting for headers and tap ins. He was all over the front third receiving passes and playing clever balls in to dangerous areas. He looks a bit down and out of sorts but being at AU may be just thing for both parties.

    • February 21st 2018 @ 9:41pm
      Football is Life said | February 21st 2018 @ 9:41pm | ! Report

      Lads, is a resume the true indication of a footballer. Look at Ryan Strain playing for Adelaide. The lad was of the belief that NPL was his lot in life. Kurz saw something in him and now he is playing his heart out on the right for United. I am a Jets supporter, but this bloke has my admiration. I have been involved in football for just on 40 years

      The beautiful thing about football is that when a manager has the mindset, the eye and the understanding of the game to see something in a player that nobody else can, it can transition into something special. This is Kurz’ gift. He has that “sight” if you wan to call it that. I have stated in comments associated with other articles, that media hype around Arnold is overrating the man. Look at what Kurz has done with next to nothing in senior squad terms. Arnold has had the same 11 players every single game, without an injury. What’s he going to do if Ninkovic or Bobo bust a boiler? He cannot adjust Sydney’s game to be relative to the ACL, so how is he going to respond. That will be the test of his ability. Kurz on the other hand, has proven his pedigree week in, week out. The man is class and and I love the fact that he is not afraid to voice his displeasure in the technical area.
      When Sydney played in Adelaide a few weeks ago, Adelaide gave them a hard time, and that was without Elrich and Marrone and Absolonson etc. Kurz saw through the Sydney game plan and adjusted accordingly. The Sydney game plan varies by almost nothing.
      The Sydney game plan includes a healthy degree of initmidation as well. The likes of Zullo, Simon, O’Neill and Brillante week in week out are seen to be “body checking” opponents without an ounce of intention toward the ball. My time in football says that this is the first sign of “gap filling”. What is the weakness or inadequacy that this behaviour is compensating for. Give me time and I will work it out.
      I am busting to see what Kurz can do with Adelaide when he has a full strength squad at his disposal. I believe he signed with Adelaide for two years, I reckon he will be offered an extension. Given time he will take them to a title.
      In closing, the mark of a manager is both on and off the field. The comments a manager makes, the respect he shows his opponent. This is another point of difference between the likes of Kurz, Merrick, Aloisi and the other end of the scale old mate Arnold.

    • February 21st 2018 @ 10:35pm
      That A-League Fan said | February 21st 2018 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

      Kurz has exposed lots of young Adelaide players to game time. O Doherty, Kostandopoulous, Izzo, Garuccio, Strain, Elsey, Blackwood, Kitto etc. In addition to this, Adelaide have a lot of depth. They are still a finals force even with injuries to Absalonsen, Lia and Elrich.

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