In recent years, a lot of words have been written and spoken about the issue of rotation and its importance. Managers all over the world have not yet decided what is the right method and each one of them have their own philosophy.
Managers who embrace rotation and use them systematically in their clubs claim it's a must-do tactic if looking for success. They say nowadays that more matches are being added in every year’s football calendar and players cannot cope with them effectively.
Furthermore due to the large number of matches and the accumulated fatigue that comes with them, players are more prone to light and heavy injuries that can result into the early retire from professional football.
In addition, managers claim that no human being can withstand the heavy load of today’s matches at the same level of performance and that with the rotation players are given the chance to maintain their performance to high standards throughout the season.
On the other hand managers that do not adopt the rotation tactic as their own argue that all the above can be dealt with continuous training and professional behaviour.
Football players are more than well paid and have to respect some rules. If players act professionally in their personal life and do not drink alcohol, do not skip training, eat well and have a good and adequate night sleep everything will be fine.
The accumulated fatigue and the possibility of injuries can be dealt with effectively if players follow these simple instructions in their personal lives. Managers claim that due to the nature of football as a team game players need as many as possible games with each other in order to get used to each other and learn to react as one body and mind.
The much desired team spirit and team consistency are built with time and rotation does not allow this happen. They claim that rotation is a product that agencies all over the world created in order to create extra positions for their costumers, the football players. Through the press they establish rotation as a compulsory tactic if you are to success and by this they forced clubs and managers to buy more and more players.
The truth is yet to be disclosed but I believe that the appropriate approach to this issue is somewhere between the two opinions. I believe that a tactic that follows extend rotation as a basis is doing harm to the club. Players will never be fully fit and clubs will never have the desired consistency and automatism.
On the other hand it seems logical that players cannot endure at high performance level throughout a season with so many fixtures without any rest. So my opinion is that best tactic is to use rotation as a tactic but not in its extended form. Managers have to be selective about the rotation and try to rotate small number of players, if possible one at a time is even better, in order to accomplish two different goals.
In this way they will managed to give to the players that they need some rest and at the same time they will manage to keep their club performance at high standards and they will not disturb the equilibrium of the squad which is essential for the club’s success.
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