Once again Zola changed half the team, once again Watford lost, and once again GianFredo said he doesn't think it was a mistake and assured everybody that he will do it again. His excuse, there are lots of good players in his squad and there are lots of games to play.
should tell him that every match carries the same number of points.
There's no sense in throwing away three easy points by picking a sub
standard team in the hope of saving players for the more difficult games
to come. Had Watford won at bottom of the table Bristol City, they
would have been in the box seat for automatic promotion. By throwing the
game, Zola has blown a fantastic opportunity to maintain momentum.
all know wholesale rotation doesn't work - so why does GianFredo
persist with it? If you want to save players' legs, you use
substitutions wisely or rest players in ones or twos. Changing half the
team for a game causes mass uncertainty in your own ranks and acts as a
great motivator for the opposition: "We can win this one lads, they're
playing their stiffs"!
Will Zola learn? He hasn't so far. Abromovich should take careful note!