Alberts: Too many national players in one team can affect the national squad

Sarawak coach Robert Alberts says having too many national players in a squad can have a negative impact on Harimau Muda.

The Dutch coach was believed to be taking aim at the star-studded Johor Darul Ta'zim side, which currently has several national players serving as reserve team members.

According to Bernama, Alberts said “When you let your best players rest on the bench so often it’s not good for the players and can have (a) negative effect on the national squad. Whoever will coach the national team would face a tough time to build a strong team.”

He added that players should be concerned with playing more frequently and keeping their consistency so they can be on top form whenever they represent their country.

However, Alberts also said that the arrival of many import players for this season has increased the standard of games in the Malaysia Super League, and he believes that the most consistent team can become champions at the end of the season.

The veteran coach tipped six teams to challenge for the title: JDT, Kelantan, ATM, Selangor, Lions XII and Pahang, but tipped  Sarawak to give the others a challenge as well, with his target of finishing in the top six at the end of the season.

Sarawak did not get off to a good start after they lost away from home 2-0 at the hands of ATM, and will have to work hard in their second game as they welcome reigning FA Cup winners Kelantan to Kuching on Saturday.