Ståle Solbakken brought Brentford’s dead ball coach Bernardo Cueva into the national team and was rewarded with a goal on a corner kick in Turkey.
– We got back for it. We will see how much Lise (Klaveness) has to pay, whether he has per corner or per match, like Solbakken after the 1-1 match in Istanbul.
He referred to a question at a press conference earlier this week when he could ask about deals for Cuevas. Solbakken then claimed that he had just written a recommendation, and that the top football director was responsible for all the practicalities.
– I have no idea if he gets a million for every corner that goes in the goal or if he gets a draw if we slipper into a dead ball, as he has a sense of humor.
It seems clear that Cueva was an instant success, no matter what the cost. The goal came after a short corner which resulted in a cross from Martin Ødegaard, a header from Andreas Hanche-Olsen and a finish from Kristian Thorstvedt.
– He has been a great extra in the staff. My job was to go to the longest post and take what came. It was a good flick from Hanche, and then I got it in, Thorstvedt said.
Solbakken explained the employment of Cueva.
-Brentford and Midtjylland are the two clubs in Europe with the clearly best results on set pieces in the last 5-10 years, and they have spent the most time on it since he.
– Brentford lost their first major expert to (Pep) Guardiola. Then they fetched another, and he took (Mikel) Arteta. Martin especially knows what they are working on. Assistant in Brentford (Brian Riemer) was my assistant in FC Copenhagen, and I know the sports manager (Rasmus Ankersen) and the coach (Thomas Frank) well from Denmark, and so we got it.
Nothing to lose
Solbakken is looking for margins that can find them.
– We have not been good at dead ball. We have nothing to lose, Martin is very motivated and the guys have welcomed it, so he.
– It’s not like in Drillo’s time, when (his assistant) Bjørn Hansen said that we can only hit four innovators, and then our players are to meters, the others 1.30. Egil and Bjørn were probably ahead of their time. Now there are many who have settled it.
On Friday, it was Kristian Thorstvedt who equalized after a short corner from Jens Petter Hauge, post from Martin Ødegaard, kick from Andreas Hanche-Olsen-with assist from Martin Cueva.