Habas Responds To De Sa’s Comments
26 November 2012
Following Roger de Sa’s post match comments that Wits are a defensive team, Antonio Lopez Habas has spoken out, saying that his outfit play an attacking brand of football.
Wits left the Orlando Stadium on Saturday with no points, following their 2-0 Absa Premiership loss to Orlando Pirates, courtesy of goals by Thabo Matlaba and Tlou Segolela.
De Sa’ post match interview irked Habas, referring to Wits as a defensive side. The former Students coach said that Wits play with five players at the back and try catch their opponents on the counter-attack. He said that they make it difficult for their opponents to score.
Habas hit back by saying, “Roger de Sa says Bidvest was defensive. I think De Sa confuses play in block and the collective behaviour with being defensive. The difference is that his team plays at 70 meters and we try to do on 40 meters.
“Secondly Roger de Sa says Bidvest play counterattack. In any competition, even the elite in the world, 80% of the goals are achieved via counterattack, 10% of the goals on set pieces and 10% in the combinative play. Which team in the world plays no counterattack? How are you going to get goals in the match?
“The tactical control of the match was of Bidvest and the result was to Pirates. But you would have to analyse what would have happened if the referee gave the very clear penalty and red card for the defender. Would we be talking about the same result?”
“I think it’s a lack of respect to analyse and criticise your opponents. The reason to this is that he coached Wits over the years and that the last season, was close to relegation,” the former Mamelodi Sundowns coach concluded.