Pool to be more Spanish than ever

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

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BLACKPOOL will be more Spanish than ever when the Championship season kicks off in August.

Boss Ian Holloway has spent summer analysing Spain’s performance in the European Championships, and working out how to copy them.

Pool’s players have been shown videos highlighting the good points of Vicente del Bosque’s triumphant side this summer.

And despite it seeming a little unlikely the Seasiders will reach those levels, Holloway claims there’s a lot his players can learn.

He said: “I’ve analysed the performances of certain sides in the Euros this summer, and I believe that we have to start dominating the ball and pressing teams when we haven’t got it.

“We have to be ready to press the ball as soon as we lose it.

“The Euros was one heck of a tournament for me. It proved what I think about what Spain do and why they do it. It proved to me they are doing it right.

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“I’ve prepared a number of clips from the Euros that I’m going to show to the team. They will see with their own eyes what I want.

“They will see why I want them to pass the ball so comfortably and confidently all the time.

“It’s not just me saying it – they will have the proof now.

“The way football is going, it’s all about passing the ball all the time.

“I want us to be a top team, who plays top football all the time.

I want us to be entertaining to watch.”

Holloway visited Spain last year to watch a number of coaches in action. And despite his side being a million mile from Barcelona, Holloway believes Pool can still learn from them.

He said: “I’m inventing a few of the things I want the players to do as we go along to be honest. I’ve been a great admirer of Spanish football, the way they play and their culture. And in the three years I’ve been here, I think we are getting better and better.

“Are we close to how the Spanish do it? No. Is there room for improvement? I’m convinced so. The fact they’ve gone and won the Euros again proves they are doing things correctly.”

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