Sander Berge opens up on ‘challenging’ Sheff Utd tactics

Date published: Tuesday 3rd March 2020 3:25

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Sheffield United new boy Sander Berge says Chris Wilder’s revolutionary tactics are “challenging”.

The Norway midfielder, who was rumoured to be on Liverpool’s watch list, made the move to Bramall Lane in January in a club-record deal which topped the £20million they paid for Oli McBurnie.

The former Genk man has started three Premier League games, but has been withdrawn in each as he gets up to speed with the Premier League.

Berge, 22, has been impressed with his new side and opened up on Wilder’s 3-5-2 formation in which he encourages the right and left centre-backs to  support his wing-backs in advanced positions.

In and interview with VG in Norway via Sports Witness Berge explains the workings of Wilder’s tactics and says it has been a challenge.

“I’ve never experienced it before. And I’ve never played in such a system before either,” said Berge.

“The intention is to be unpredictable. It’s a little different.

“It’s about creating situations where we outnumber at the edges, so we can play three on two, four to three, creating an outnumber [situation] where it’s the least dangerous to lose the ball.

“Backwards, we let in very little and defend ourselves with sacrifice, compactness and aggressiveness. That is the main reason for the success.




“Considering that I have neither been involved in such a system nor such a role before, it has been a good start. But of course, it’s challenging at first.”

Speaking about Berge’s arrival in January, Wilder told the club’s official website: “The board have really backed us in this window to bring in players of the quality of Sander.

“He fits the bill in so many ways. He’s a Norwegian international who has played 20 times for his country, he’s also played Champions League football and we’re delighted he has decided to come to Bramall Lane.”


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