Petke to get more defensive with NYRB

New York Red Bull head coach Mike Petke says he will revert to the classic 4-4-2 formation for the next few games.

The Red Bulls beat New England Revolution 4-1 on the weekend after dismissing the 4-3-3 system Petke had used prior and that will be the plan going forward after securing their third win of the campaign.

“It was very tough for me, but I realized very quickly that defensively, the personnel that we have in a 4-3-3 would’ve been a lot to ask for,” said Petke.

“A 4-4-2 gives us more of a structure and a block system and it’s hard to penetrate.

“I’m hoping people are seeing a lot of times that it does turn into somewhat of a 4-3-3 or a 4-1-3-2, more of an attacking style. But from the basis of a structure standpoint, it starts out as more of a 4-4-2.”

He added: “I just think that it was a lot of me expectation-wise for certain players to fit into that system, to be honest with you.

“The players that we have, all of them didn’t fit in perfectly with that system.”

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