Lions have a big gap to bridge

Lions have a big gap to bridge

He is trying to get his players to adopt a modern, high-tempo pressing style. And Singapore national coach Bernd Stange is using all sorts of modern technology to churn out statistics to convince his charges of his footballing philosophy.

Since the German's appointment in May, he has been using statistics to measure the gulf between the Lions and the best teams in the world.

It makes for uneasy reading, clearly showing how far Singapore are behind, although Stange wants to use the facts to motivate his men, ranked 155th in the world, to aim higher.

He told The Sunday Times: "At the top, you have the best teams like Spain, Argentina and Germany. Next, we have countries like France, England and Sweden.

"Japan, South Korea and the best African countries will be in the third tier. In the fifth, there will be countries like Syria, Jordan and the UAE. Singapore is somewhere in the sixth or seventh level."

When the Lions were beaten 1-6 by China in a September friendly in Tianjin, four tracking cameras - from a company called Amisco that were installed in the stadium - monitored the passes, runs and movements of every player.

The match video is uploaded onto the company's servers in France and a comprehensive analysis is churned out within 24 hours.

That information was compiled into two dossiers: a 47-page analysis of passes and movements as well as a 15-page breakdown of physical data, like the distance ran and speed of the players.

Stange, who previously coached the national teams of East Germany, Iraq and Belarus, said: "Top teams in the world complete 600-700 passes. We managed 276 completed passes against China.

"If we see stats like these, we have to think what's wrong with us and try to improve."

The Lions are not lacking in the stamina department though.

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