Manchester United Vs Manchester City

October 23, 2011 by staff 

Manchester United Vs Manchester CityManchester United Vs Manchester City, Manchester City may have the advantage in terms of the superstars, but today the Manchester United have the advantage of playing in next door. But what difference does it really make?

Speaking ahead of derby North London this season, Arsene Wenger, raised his hands and admitted to a room full of reporters that he was having some trouble getting your head around one of the oldest maxims of football. “Never in my life could understand the difference between home and away,” he confessed. “I could never understand why people’s heads, there is a difference … I think if you are away or at home is an important game [and] if you play well, win.”

Of course, this could be dismissed as pre-game or just stupid courage, but it could be French to something? Well, Gary Neville agrees and has won the Premier League eight times, so it is argued that? “I think it is absolutely right,” said Martin Tyler in the comment box as the first half of the derby of fire came to an end. “It’s mental, it’s nothing to do with football. It’s something in your mind that can affect the playing field … but the mental part is a very important part of the game.”

That “fundamental part” as Neville wanted to be actually quite large. Just look at the statistics last season Manchester United. Despite taking another top-flight title thanks to a staggering total of 18 victories at Old Trafford, United managed to bag only 5 wins, when on the road. Similarly, Chelsea won twice as many home games in the distance, while Arsène Wenger was actually the director’s most successful distance (but eight wins is not much to brag).

Therefore, there is clearly a difference between the way his team performs in the country and the way they play away … but then you probably already knew.

But what are the differences, because clearly there? Is there a physical factor that can pin down or Gary Neville is well and everything is in the mind?


Sports psychologist Martin Perry compares the difference of coming home after a hard day of work compared with sleeping in a hotel. “At home, you have many things that you feel comfortable and familiar with, while in a hotel that has some familiarity and it takes time to adapt to new environment,” he says. “It’s exactly the same in football. You’re not so comfortable away from home, they simply are not as familiar with the surroundings,. The sounds, the people, the visual impressions”

It is perhaps understandable, then, that your computer can be a little off the boil to have traveled throughout the country in a car the day before the game and then spent the night in a hotel. But what about the times they do not deserve such problems – the North London derby, for example? In recent Spurs and Arsenal 20 League clashes, there have been only two wins away from home compared with 10 wins at home. What about Derby della Madonnina in Milan, where the two teams share the same territory throughout the season? Well, only six ‘out’ victories have been obtained from the last 20 games against 13 at home.

We have seen how Beckham uses visualization to bend the ball around a wall of 30 meters and crashed into the back of the net. Is not it possible for players who use similar methods in order to maximize their own approach?

The player number 12

What’s left is the impact of the crowd, the phenomenon has been Bayern Munich, Lazio and Red Star Belgrade to withdraw all the jersey number 12 on its staff in honor of his staunch supporters. It’s hard to really know the degree of influence of a crowd can have on the referee, but the constant taunts, jeers and insults are not directed at the opposition staff, eager to talk about the songs and shouts of “man-in-to help the home team is not difficult to see how a group can influence a game as they scrape a point away from home may feel like you just won the league.

Louise Ellis, a sports psychologist and performance consultant accredited, says: “Most players love playing in front of a crowd if at home or away, but if a player is underperforming away from home, mistakes are often increased by the entry of the crowd. This can rapidly affect the player and team dynamics if there is no psychological techniques rather than deal with anxiety. ”

Moving the poles

But reality is that professional footballers are so psychologically weak as we? Should not we demand more from these athletes astronomically paid, especially if we consider now support the hand of the sports psychologists? We saw David Beckham uses visualization to bend the ball around a wall of 30 meters and crashed into the back of the net. Is not it possible for players who use similar methods to block out the noise of the crowd or at least to maximize their own approach?

“The subconscious mind likes repetition and pattern – that’s how we learn sports skills and to repeat over and over again,” says Louise Ellis. “If a negative mental pattern or statement repeated often enough, players can begin to build belief that individual employers can not win on the road and then you can create reality. Therefore, it is important to deal with patterns negative as soon as they arise. ”

So, while Harry Redknapp could not speak for some time to get “open” if anyone dared to play 4-4-2 away, is highly desirable that Arsène Wenger, the manager of several languages ??nicknamed ‘Le Professeur’ that challenged a preconception that has become so deeply rooted in the way of playing football and thinking.

Maybe it’s just a matter of time before a super coach or manager and highly skilled support team are able to use psychological techniques that offer the same level of success, whether your team is playing? Perhaps then it will be the principal, ensuring the mega-salary previously enjoyed by the players as an unprecedented success in the mirror away from home.

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