Granada have nothing to lose and everything to gain by the possibility that defenders who have shipped 65 goals this season might be inspired by one of the great stoppers of his generation.
When Adams’ new autobiography ‘Sober’ comes out in June it pays great tribute to Arsene Wenger, but Adams' football soul will always belong to George Graham. His sessions at Granada’s training complex this week have all been according to the Gospel of George – hold the line, keep that line a good distance from your own goalkeeper, turn wide forwards inside into towards defensive midfielders not outside to open wings, and communication, constant talking.
Words have not come easy at the ‘Los Carmenes’ Stadium. It’s been a team picked straight form the Tower of Babel at times, with 18 different nationalities in the squad and 11 different ones on display back in February when they became the first La Liga side ever to not repeat a single flag in their starting line-up. They won that game handsomely 4-1 over Betis, but in general terms it has not helped them and they now need to talk their way out of trouble before it’s too late.
On paper the games left are tough, but who's to say facing Madrid at the start of May will not be no more difficult than going up against a mid-table side with nothing to play for. Malaga beat Barcelona before Barça played Juventus in the Champions League and that went very well indeed. Adams can hope that Madrid will have one eye on a semi-final when the match against them kicks-off in three weeks’ time.
Adams has never proved himself as a coach in England say his critics, but he played his part in Portsmouth finishing ninth in the Premier League in his first season as Harry Redknapp's assistant and winning the FA Cup in his second campaign. By the time he was in charge, after Redknapp had left for Tottenham, the bathplug had already been pulled and the water was draining fast. He was left exposed by the errors of others; a victim of mistakes that would finish up dragging the club all the way to the bottom of the league ladder.
An international with 66 caps for his country and one of its best ever defenders, had he been Spanish, French or Italian he might have walked into better coaching opportunities than the ones afforded him in England where, as well as the financially mis-managed Pompey, he also coached Wycombe Wanderers.
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