Pep Clotet says he wants Blues to be flexible and smart

Pep Clotet has outlined the kind of qualities he wants in the team as Blues evolve.

Much has been discussed about a change in style this season.

The Head Coach is keen for Blues to be able to adopt different formations, as well as the players to be smart and show speed of thought.

Already Blues have showed the way they can adapt, shifting between 3-4-2-1, 5-4-1 and starting the Bristol City game in a 4-4-2.

What's for certain is that Blues from now on won't be tied down to one single way of approaching matches.

"I would like the team to be very flexible, to be smart, tactically smart as possible," said Clotet, when asked about the kind of identity he ultimately would like Blues to have.

"And when we have the ball try to create as many chances as possible, with a lot of pace and quickness.

"I am not talking about physical pace as such, sometimes the best image of pace is someone who thinks quicker than someone else. Maybe you can get better positioning earlier, so it looks like you are quick.

"As well, I want us to try and keep working on what we were good at last season. Being very solid, and keep the values of the Club - a hard-working team, that plays with passion and commitment.

"Absolutely, it's evolution. Add and improve upon, and then slowly the football will get better. Slowly the football will get smarter and brighter and players can develop more offensively.

"But at the end of the day, we can't forget where we've come from and we had success at defending well and going on the breaks.

"So I want to keep that in our locker and keep working at it, so we don't forget."

Clotet added: "I have never said that we are going to play 3-4-3, or 4-3-2-1 or 4-4-2 or whatever.

"Obviously I understand people are talking about it (3-4-2-1) because they have seen it in games. But I always say I want a very flexible Birmingham, a Birmingham that can adapt, take the best out of our players in every situation."