The Salary Cap has struck again.
Brisbane Roar have lost Thomas Broich, Henrique, Matt Smith and other key players in recent weeks and as a result despite continuing to boss possession, key goals have been conceded and a lack of attacking penetration has seem the team suffer three defeats in a row.
Imagine Barcelona not being able to replace David Villa, Manchester United Darren Fletcher etc etc. The top clubs have a heap of (spare)players - think of Man City's bench, Nazri for $20 million rarely starts - even their bench in Argentina! (Tevez)
The Salary Cap is good for the A-League, no doubt about that.
Whilst the Mariners are perhaps the best match for the Roar and that makes this weekends game fascinating - the Roar despite their possession style have shown glaring weaknesses can be exposed.
And the recent record breakers do have glaring weaknesses, do they not?
- The now famous high line can easily be broken - can your team finish?
- Defend, narrowly, in huge numbers - the Roar will struggle to breakthrough and rarely vary their attack.
- Speed of ball - once the Roar slow the ball the threat is gone. Teams can easily monitor this during a game.
Not conceding would be a start?