Play like Costa! - Coventry boss channelling Chelsea and Man City

Diego Costa

Steven Pressley has urged his players to become more clinical if they want to win points.

Coventry City sit mid table in League One after nine games, having won three, drawn three and lost three of their fixtures so far.

Despite a run of impressive performances, a number of defeats have been handed to the Sky Blues through a lack of precision in the final third, with chances rushed when a better opportunity is likely to present itself if patience is shown.

To get his point across to his players, Pressley told the Coventry Telegraph that he used Andre Schurrle’s finish at Manchester City on Sunday as the best example of the play he is looking for.

Schurrle netted from close range, after Diego Costa played the ball wide to Eden Hazard. However, Pressley praises the play of Costa, who, having worked space for a shot, decided to lay the ball off for Hazard, a move which led way to the goal.

“Our last two performances, at Scunthorpe and Rochdale, have been relatively good but we’ve found ourselves on the end of defeats,” the coach said.

“As long as we keep applying ourselves, those disappointments will turn into victories but I’ve told the players that we have to be more ruthless – we can’t be a side that everybody compliments about how well we’ve played and how we’ve gone about our work, we have to be a side that gets results.

“I don’t want a situation where opposition managers say we’re the best team they’ve played but we don’t win the games. That’s the one thing we must change.”

“Against Rochdale we had so many brilliant opportunities to exploit these situations and we chose wrongly. Our final decisions and passes are what’s letting us down just now – at times we’re so keen to score that we’re rushing that final moment when one more pass could help us greatly.

“We are a high-energy team – we train that way and play that way – but you have to have the ability to almost flick the switch so you have that composure when you need it.

“That’s what the best players in the world have. I was watching the Manchester City-Chelsea game when Diego Costa had the ball on the edge of the box and there was an opportunity to shoot but he chose the additional pass which created the cross which resulted in the goal.

“These are the moments we have to do better on; it’s something we want to develop and I believe we have the players to do that. And if we can do that we can be a very good team.”

Being told to play like Chelsea is not something many teams are capable of, with the Blues squad one of the strongest in the world. However, the advice to play a precise game is wise, with the West Londoners currently sitting atop the Premier League table having yet to lose a game this season.

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