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Valerin Ismael sets out West Brom ambitions

Valerin Ismael has outlined the philosophy he will implement at West Bromwich Albion.

The Frenchman was sometimes criticised for his style of play at Barnsley, who he coached to the Championship play-offs last season.

"The philosophy is high-intensity football, high press but with this team we have the possibility to have more control in possession," he said.

"My vision and my purpose is to become a complete team — out of possession to be unpleasant for the opponents, to dominate our opponents with our physicality and our intensity.

"But at the same time, I want to have the possibility when we regain the ball to control the game and the opponents.

"So we need to find the right balance between high intensity, finishing as quick and possible, and when we have the ball to have the quality to recover.

"It will maybe be something different (to Barnsley) because of the quality we have in possession.

"It is different. For sure out of possession, you can expect the team will have that intensity to regain the ball as quickly as possible and to make things really unpleasant for the opponent.

"But the difference is that in possession we will have more possession – that's my expectation."


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