Guerra happy with free role in T&T line-up ahead of Wales clash

By March 13, 2019
Ataullah Guerra Ataullah Guerra

Ataulla Guerra re-acquainted himself with Trinidad and Tobago’s national set-up in 2017 after an absence of three years and is now saying he is happy with the way things are going under head coach, Dennis Lawrence. 

Lawrence, who took over the role of T&T head coach toward the end of the twin-island republic’s failed World Cup bid, has signed a contract extension with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, bringing an end to a couple of years of instability.

Guerra, who had found himself sidelined during the different iterations of coaches after Stephen Hart was sacked, is now back, and believes the team is beginning to understand Lawrence’s philosophy.

“Preparation wise, we have been working hard, very hard,” said Guerra. “The coach has a certain philosophy that he wants us to work on and we have been trying hard to get that in our game and try to work on our defensive game,” said Guerra.

In that set-up, Guerra has been given a free role, much like the one he enjoys for Charleston Battery in the United States Soccer League (USL).

“If I can go forward, he gives me the privilege to go and to come back and help the defence. It’s a free role and I enjoy playing that football for coach Lawrence and [Charleston Battery] coach Michael Anhaeuser,” said Guerra.

As a unit, the team, has been working on its possession game, according to Guerra, something the coach has been stressing.

“We have been trying to keep the ball a lot and put that into our game. They let me play my football, give me an opportunity to play forward and don’t try to stifle my game in any aspect.”

The T&T side are in preparation for a friendly international against Wales on March 20 The Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.

Wales, with players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, should provide more than just a stern test for the Trinidad and Tobago and Guerra is expecting it.

“[It] is a big challenge for us like the Iran game,” he said. “It’s a team that we expect to be very physical and [play] a high intensity, fast paced football game. We need to get a result.”

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