Roy Hodgson has provided a matter-of-fact view on the Premier League drinks breaks, in stark contrast to that of fellow manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool boss Klopp has raved about the implementation of a short stoppage in play in each half since the restart, as it enables him a chance to provide his players with nuggets of tactical information.
“A timeout, I wished for 20 years, no-one has listened,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s win over Aston Villa on Sunday. “Drinks break I like a lot.
“People think you only need one when it’s hot then you don’t need one often in England but it’s important to have one. I really like the opportunity to talk.
“It takes 30 seconds pretty much. It’s a chance to give the players some information and I like it.”
The breaks were introduced as part of the safety protocol around a return to action following the coronavirus pandemic.
Klopp has been seen in some animated discussions with his players during these moments, though Hodgson disagrees with the Reds’ manager on their purpose.
“As far as we’re concerned, we’ve used it as a drinks break, which I think is a good idea because especially in these afternoon matches where the temperatures are high; players need that to rehydrate, so no, we haven’t thought about using it tactically,” the Crystal Palace boss said to the South London Press.
“It’s harder for us because our players bring out their own individual boxes where each has his water, his bib if he needs a bib, all of those type of things, so players, when a drinks break is called, they disperse they don’t all come in to us as a group.
“They disperse to their boxes to get their water, or whatever they need to get to continue the game.
“Yes, you get a chance to say a few words to a player or two, but we’ve taken the drinks break at face value – it’s a short period of time where players get the chance to rehydrate and that’s the most important factor.”
Palace could perhaps do with some extra tactical insight during matches, considering they’ve now lost their last three matches.
Indeed in the match against Liverpool, they conceded the opener immediately before the first drinks break, while Sadio Mane completed the scoring shortly after the second.
But Hodgson has been unmoved on the subject.
“In terms of a team tactic session we do that before the game, and we do our post-match analysis when the match is finished in the next day or two,” he continued.
“If you get a chance or two to say a word to a player, tactically, you do so, but we haven’t thought about using it.
“The drinks breaks aren’t that long so it would be a very rushed tactical session [if we did do it].”
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