Hans Smit: attitude, immaturity behind DLSU's collapse
Santino Honasan on Apr 02, 2016 01:02 PM
"Like I said before, it’s hard to be on top. Not just because the other teams want to pull you down of course, but immaturity usually sets in, and my team has a lot of immaturity going on," - DLSU head coach Hans Smit
After finishing the first round unbeaten and on top of the UAAP men's football standings, the De La Salle Green Archers have taken quite the stumble, losing their first two matches to start the second round.
Last season, DLSU went through the season unbeaten, only losing once, to FEU in the Finals.
Facing back-to-back losses for the first time in over a year, DLSU coach Hans Smit was less than pleased, so to say.
ABS-CBN Sports talked to the long-time DLSU mentor after their most recent loss against UP, and said that his team's collapse had nothing to do with the physical aspect of the players.
"It’s more of attitude, that’s it. I can’t think of any other reason." Smit said. "Like I said before, it’s hard to be on top. Not just because the other teams want to pull you down of course, but immaturity usually sets in, and my team has a lot of immaturity going on, so no matter the amount of talk, no amount of pep talk to try to bring them up and all that, it’s not helping any. Because if I have 21 players, and only seven think the right way, the same way, you’re not gonna get anywhere. "
With the rest of the second round still ahead, a shakeup in the team's lineup was "definitely" coming.
"I’m not gonna f---ing to stand for it. I don’t care. Like I’ve said before, and I still believe that until the day that I die, I don’t care if you’re the best player in the country, even the best player in the world. If you have a lousy attitude and you don’t give your hundred and ten percent every single game, every single training session, then who are you?"
And while it's been a while since the Archers have seen a two-game losing streak, Smit said that he'd rather suffer losses early on, than when it matter most, like what happened last season.
"This is what I was afraid of. I said during the last loss, I’d rather lose now, than just at the end, like last year."
Still, there's no reason to push the panic button just yet. there's still five games left in the second round, and DLSU is still very much in the mix, currently at fourth place with 17 points, two ahead of fifth place NU, who they face on Saturday evening in McKinley Hill.
Will DLSU be able to bounce back?
"It's up to them." says coach Smit.