Frank de Boer has come under the spotlight of late due to Atlanta United’s poor start to the 2019 MLS campaign. After having been used to a high tempo system that was very successful under Gerardo Martino, fans are not happy with the football being displayed on the pitch. Atlanta players have certainly looked uncomfortable on the pitch in the first five matches so far this season. The best performance from Atlanta so far in the campaign came in the 1-0 victory against Monterrey, but even this was not sufficient to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg. As a result, Atlanta ended up going out of the CONCACAF Champions League despite being one of the strongest teams.
“Now we are thinking in the other goal. It’s a new system, and [de Boer] has been working a lot on the defensive part. Now we are thinking on the attacking part, and this is what we like. Maybe this is why we recovered our essence, to play in attack and play free,” said defender Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez. Meanwhile, Miles Robinson is also quite confident that results at Atlanta will improve as the season progresses.