Sheffield United star, Jack O’Connell, has revealed how Pep Guardiola and Man City have influenced current training sessions at the club.
The Blades have won a number of plaudits this season for their expansive overlapping centre-backs system. Within that system, United employ a strict and stern back three that has helped keep then clean sheets this term.
But despite their success, left-sided defender O’Connell has revealed Wilder has already got them working on a new way of playing.
“Even when we play five-a-side, it’s always three at the back. It’s never four in training. Always three,” O’Connell said. (Daily Mail)
“We’ve just started working on something new, too. In the past when we’ve been receiving it, Bash and I have been getting wide, and it limits our options. So now we are looking at the way(Manchester City do it, in the way they come narrow, to give us options.”
The comments from O’Connell will come as little surprise to most avid Blades fans.
Chris Wilder is never a man to stand still with the football club. Whether that be in terms of players, facilities, or ways of working, Wilder is always driving the club forward.
Learning from the best
Earlier in the season, both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola admitted they had learnt things from Sheffield United and Wilder.
It makes sense, then, that the Blades can learn off England’s two top teams. Indeed, Wilder commented following the Blades’ loss at Anfield how his team should watch the Reds and how they go about their business.
It is little surprise, then, to see Wilder studying the likes of Guardiola and Klopp himself. They are tactical innovators and deserve enormous credit in English football.
If the Blades can improve further by taking something from the Premier League champions, then that will go down quite nicely with the Bramall Lane faithful.