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Opinion: Play the guys with chips on their shoulder

For two consecutive games last month, national team manager Abdel-Nasser Barakat made a conscious choice to play a group of players who had been together in training for a month. 
Ostensibly, it makes sense, if a group of players have spent an untold amount of time playing together, a certain fluidity and understanding should be formed. For the most part, Barakat's instincts are correct and during his two years in the job he has managed to sort out disorganized and sloppy play that caused Palestine to ship 24 goals in the eleven games following the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup triumph. 
That said, Barakat has fallen into a habit of seemingly guaranteeing the presence of certain players in the squad regardless of their current form. In goal, Toufic Ali started the first 12 games of the Barakat administration and did not cede a single minute to an understudy in those games. This was despite shaky performances at club level and a disastrous start to his Shabab Al-Khaleel career. 
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