Is Gerrard wrong to take this plan of action for Thursday night?
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Is it wise for Gerrard to attack Maribor on Thursday night?

As Rangers prepare for their huge Europa League second-leg clash, is Steven Gerrard wrong to attack Maribor tonight?

The Gers are looking to defend a healthy 3-1 advantage from the first-leg at Ibrox. Goals from Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier, and Lassana Coulibaly have the Glasgow side in cruise control.

It means that Rangers can effectively go to Maribor and sit back. However, Gerrard has instead insisted he wants to go to Slovenia and get the win.

Gerrard wants his side to attack Maribor (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

 

There has to be question marks whether this would be the right way to approach things. Whilst there’s no doubting Rangers have the quality to win in Maribor, there has to be a realisation of the job at hand.

The Slovenian side had no answer to Rangers’ resolute defence at Ibrox. A fluke goal brought them back into the tie, but barely did they expose the Rangers back-line.

Away from home, you would expect them to get more of the ball and create, however. The noises coming from Slovenia is that Maribor want to press Rangers from the first whistle. It may therefore be wise for Gerrard’s men to set-up hard to beat and instead look to spring on the counter.

Against Aberdeen, this was on full display. The Gers came so close to a priceless win at Pittodrie, and despite playing most of the match with 10 men, it was a performance full of defensive organisation.

Rangers have been solid so far under the new manager (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This must be the way to go about things tomorrow night. Closing up the space and not allowing this Maribor side time in the final third to attack. The Slovenians were impressive when they got the ball down and knocked it around at Ibrox. Rangers have to have a strong defensive shape and try not to open up.

Ball-retention is still something that could be improved upon in the early part of the season for Rangers. Opening up against a decent side like Maribor away from home could cause real problems.

The tie is in Rangers’ grasp, and whilst there’s nothing wrong with going for a win tomorrow, it shouldn’t be the priority.

Gerrard is a clever man, however. He’ll be hammering it into the players about keeping their focus and not allowing Maribor that space and time.

So long as that’s shown in the tactics employed, Rangers should be absolutely fine tomorrow night in Slovenia.

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