Not sorry to see Preki go

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

Julian de Guzman opened up Tuesday.

Clearly irked by criticism he has received from those who expect him to be something he is not someone who lights up the scoreboard and also obviously frustrated at the way he and his teammates were utilized by deposed head coach Preki, the Canadian international standout got a few things off his chest.

On Preki, de Guzman intoned that his style just wasnt working in Toronto.

One thing Ive learned in my past career is each coach has their own religion, something that he likes his players to believe in and I think the type of religion that Preki had wasnt tactically sound where he could actually teach young players, give them some type of guidance, de Guzman said.

It was more just demanding and his order set.

While TFC has not surrendered a huge amount of goals, it has only managed to put 22 into the back of the net in 24 games.

I couldnt put my finger on the type of system or my role, what we were trying to do, it was like freestyle, he continued. We play against Cruz Azul and were amazing, and then against D.C. youre the worst thing out there. Its like a gamble going into a lot of the games.

De Guzman said the confusion particularly has affected his former Deportiva La Coruna teammate Mista, who allegedly clashed with Preki and has struggled since joining TFC as its second designated player.

Ive seen him play second striker in Spain, score most of his goals Here he is just thrown into a system he is not used to.

Captain Dwayne De Rosario added Prekis demands also added to some of the dissension.

Preki definitely ran a tight ship and I dont think a lot of players adapted to how tight the ship was actually run, he said.

De Guzman also responded to those who expect him to dominate everywhere on the pitch because he is the clubs highest-paid player and because he has shown offensive touch in the past for Canada at the Gold Cup.

Youre going to get criticism, I hear it, but do my best to focus on what I do best, de Guzman said. Im not here to prove to anyone that Im something that Im not.

Its normal when you dont live up to the fans expectations they think Im here to score goals The way Ive been developed as a professional is as a defensive midfielder from France, to Germany to Spain.

Ive brought my best here as a defensive midfielder. Hopefully with this (coaching) change I can help myself and other players show what they can really do.

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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