RTL Today – Luxembourg national football team: Three lessons learned from recent international matches

The Red Lions played two friendlies last week, both of which ended in defeats. We will now try to examine what worked and what did not work against Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Luxembourg still needs a striker, quite urgently

Luc Holtz’s standard 3-4-1-2 approach usually involves fast attacks, fluid movements and requires decent technical skills from their players. That being said, while Gerson Rodrigues, Danel Sinani and Yvandro Borges Sanches all tick those boxes, they can’t be compared to a hard-core striker. In terms of classic attackers, we unfortunately have a relatively small pool to choose from. Edvin Muratovic, Michael Omosanya, Alessio Curci and veteran Daniel Da Mota have all been called up in the past two years, but none of them have cemented their place in the squad since.

Don’t fix what ain’t broke

In terms of tactical approach and personnel selection, the game plan against Bosnia and Herzegovina was a bit unusual. Luxembourg started with three midfielders (Leandro Barreiro, Christopher Martins, Mathias Olesen) and there was a four-man defense again – and that was fragile. Maxime Chanot had to hobble with a potential injury after 16 minutes and while his experience would certainly have helped the team, his performances weren’t up to par this time around. Enes Mahmutovic and Vahid Selimovic both made comical and unexpected mistakes in those two matches, issues they need to address quickly.

There is hope against Turkey

Our last two opponents, especially the Bosnians, were roughly level with our group favorites Turkey and based on that there’s no reason why we couldn’t avoid a loss to them. ! Bosnia & Herzegovina dominated against the Red Lions but they had tough times and they didn’t have great chances throughout the game. The goal was really lucky towards the end – but again: Edin Dzeko is probably better than any Turkish striker…

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