"The idea is to try to be more efficient offensively, and to keep the defensive solidity that we had in the second part of the season" he said, as quoted by J.J. Adams of the Province. "At the end, if we look at the stats, in terms in terms of chances and goals conceded, we're actually fine. We need to improve in our output offensively and so that’s the idea that I’m working on; how to use better the weapons that we have."
He added: "We constantly met with the guys on the staff, either personally or virtually, going through new ideas, tactically, trying to analyze – maybe sometimes even overanalyze – the season that we had last year.
"I am really destroying the mind of my staff. I send them a PowerPoint every day with new tactical solutions. I think they're gonna ask to my wife to to hide the laptop charger!"
Sartini sets clear goals for Whitecaps in 2023
While Sartini works to get the most of his strikers, he'll also be looking to replace Lucas Cavallini up top. The Canadian international scored nine goals in 24 league appearances for the Whitecaps last season, and departed the club at the end of the 2022 campaign as his time in Vancouver fizzled out.
So... what's next for Lucas Cavallini? 🤔— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) November 17, 2022
The OST crew debate where the #CanMNT striker should look at next, as his time with #VWFC comes to a close 🥲
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Should the 'Caps replace Cavallini with another Designated Player striker or not, the end goal will remain the same for Sartini: Make a run at the MLS Cup.
"The objective is to be to be working in November, so it means that we are in the playoffs," Sartini laid out. "And I want to be very clear: That's the main objective of the season.
"Last year, we were saying (it was) winning a Cup or competition … this season, the No. 1 objective is getting to the playoffs.
"The other three competitions are very important, but the most important competition is the league. The league is the reason why we exist basically."