It is always good to have faith in your own team’s abilities and focus on your own strengths, but at the same time, it is equally important to counter the opposition’s strength.
The context is related with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Welsh winger Gareth Bale. Arsenal will face Tottenham on Sunday in the Premier League crunch tie, where Bale, for obvious reasons is touted as the danger man for the Gunners.
The former Southampton prodigy has been in stupendous form this season, scoring 23 goals for his club and would be looking to wreak havoc against the Gunners.
However, Wenger insisted that his team won’t be paying too much heed on the opposition. He said as quoted in the Guardian:
“We don’t plan for anybody. It is always the same – focus on our strengths and forget about your opponent,”
Wenger would never give away his own philosophy but sometimes it is essential to play your games according to the strength and weakness of the opposition.
Ask Manchester United for the matter. Sir Alex Ferguson used Phil Jones for this match even though he hasn’t fully fit, especially to counter the threat of Bale. And Jones did excellently.
Though United didn’t win the match Spurs couldn’t dominate at home either, apart from towards the end, where they had no other options other than to go for the equalizer.
We don’t know what Wenger might be thinking and it might well happen that he comes up with an intelligent tactics to stop Bale from hurling damage.