Steven Gerrard has admitted he made the most of UEFA’s rules in Rangers’ victory over Feyenoord on Thursday night.
The Light Blues managed to overcome their Dutch counterparts in front of a banged out Ibrox crowd in their opening Europa League group clash and the manager revealed he used one of the regulations by the governing body to his advantage – something he admitted he would have been crazy not to do.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Gerrard stated it was a no-brainer to use the multi-ball system and keep the tempo of the game at a high level.
“The multi-ball system makes a difference when you are trying to get your noses in front and it was our choice to go with it,” he was quoted as saying.
“The home team is given the choice by UEFA and it would be very stupid of us not to use it in our favour, especially when teams such as Feyenoord come to Ibrox.
“We want to try and take them where they are not used to going. They play in a technical league with a lower tempo and a game that’s more possession-based. We wanted to try and take them away from that and that’s exactly what we did. Multi-ball played its part.”
It’s a clever piece of thinking by Gerrard and Rangers to exploit the rule and it certain appears to have paid off for them against Feyenoord, as the Dutch outfit did not seem to be able to cope with the Light Blues throughout the 90 minutes.
Obviously, it is a little too early to see if the Gers will look to adopt the same approach against BSC Young Boys and Porto when those two visit Glasgow, although it might be a debatable tactic to use.
According to FootballBH, Sérgio Conceição likes his team to “press aggressively” and “defend from the front” which may mean the quicker Rangers play, the better chance they have of catching Dragões off-guard and, potentially, exploit their backline.
Gerrard, who has already had 75 matches in charge of Rangers, certainly appears to have taken well to management and is already showing that he can make clever decisions which, perhaps, some of his peers may not have realised they could do.
It was a tactic that clearly worked against Feyenoord on Thursday and whether he decides to use it against BSC Young Boys and Porto when they come to visit Ibrox remains to be seen, but it is surely one he will think about.
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