You don’t need to tell New England Revolution fans that the club has been struggling lately, but head coach Bruce Arena isn’t shy about taking responsibility.
The Revs have lost four consecutive games in MLS and five in all competitions. The four-game losing streak in MLS is a first for Arena, which began coaching in the league in 1996.
Arena wasn’t shy about taking responsibility for New England’s struggles when speaking to the media on Thursday.
“We certainly had some unlucky breaks, but we made big mistakes at the end of games which cost us dearly, and to me that means we’re not a well-trained team at the moment,” he said. -he declares. . “So it has to improve. If a team makes the mistakes we made at the end of some games, the change, the outcome of the game is inexcusable, and that responsibility lies with me.
Saturday looks like a great opportunity for the club to get back on track. Expansion side Charlotte FC struggled away on their debut, failing to score their first away point.
But after Charlotte beat New England 3-1 in North Carolina just a few weeks ago, the Revs can’t expect to pick up a win just by showing up on Saturday night, especially with their form lately. weather.
“Not a particular element that we are focusing on, just trying to improve, trying to eliminate some of the mistakes that we have had so far, and also obviously we played in Charlotte a few weeks ago, analyze that game” , Arena said when asked about the team’s biggest goal heading into Saturday’s game. “Our team will obviously be different from the group that played in Charlotte. The game is going to be a bit different I think, but understanding Charlotte and also working to improve our team.
Obviously, things will be slightly different now that New England is the home team. Additionally, as Arena hinted, some players have been able to recover from injuries while others have bumped into each other since the last time the two teams played.
Henry Kessler was able to return to the pitch against the New York Red Bulls as well as Inter Inter Miami CF and the centre-back believes there will be no excuse for a poor performance against Charlotte.
“We’ll be the home team, so that gives us an edge,” Kessler said. “We played them not so long ago. That way we will be better prepared. We will have some adjustments made and we are more familiar. So we will know exactly what to expect. There should be no excuses for this.
Saturday’s result will either take New England a step in the right direction or further spoil the mood at the club. The outcome hinges on Arena’s ability to get a full effort from their team for 90 minutes that night.