Is the defence more composed with Willy?

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  1. Bluekiwi


    13 Apr 2009
    New Zealand (since 1974)
    Living in NZ I only get to see City on TV or video clips. But I get the impression that the back four seem more composed / confident with Willy behind them. Or I am reading too much into the recent spate of clean sheets?
  2. cleavers


    30 May 2007
    Home or work
    You're not reading too much into it, its more composed, but I think its more down to the formation we are playing.

    He has us lining up in a 1950's/60's formation, which is an incredibly fluid formation, that is effectively a 2323, but adapts to virtually any other formation depending on how the game is going.

    Kolarov looks comfortable as CB, and far better than when he's forced to be LB, last night was a prefect example.

    Stones Kolarov
    Sagna Yaya Fernandhino
    Silva de Bruyne
    Sterling Jesus/Aguero Sane

    It adapted through the game, but its now 3 or 4 games playing that way, and we look good.
  3. Nice to see some communication again between defence and goalkeeper.
  4. Marvin


    9 Jan 2006
    City are playing better but I think that coincided with Sane and Jesus more than anything else. I think Bravo got taken out because media were focusing on him and that's not healthy. Willy made a mistake against Swansea and nothing was said - probably because it didn't cost us in the end.

    When team is winning, whole team plays with confidence so impossible to say. I remember 12 months ago around time of League Cup Final, a lot of fans were saying willy must not play in league cup, he'll cost us the game, and now it's the other way around.
  5. Tim of the Oak

    Tim of the Oak

    29 Dec 2012
    Willy has been excellent. That's just a fact and nothing to do with the media. Willy has saved several one on ones. I can't recall Bravo saving any of these type of situations.

    Willy was mocked by the media for his performance against Chelsea in the Cup and he came back a stronger keeper. Every keeper makes mistakes but Swansea's offside goal isn't a good example of one.
  6. Jacob Smith

    Jacob Smith

    29 Sep 2014
    Teams are all having to set up to counter our setup every week, rather than focusing on playing their way. This means games are panning out on our terms and ultimately the opponent will be chasing us tactically for 90 minutes without giving their own attacking much thought.

    I noticed late on in Monday's game that Kolarov (once Otamendi was on which saw Kolarov move to inside left wing back-ish) got into an extremely advanced position on at least two occasions, seemingly per instructions, as he carried the ball to the edge of their box which pinned their defence entirely in their box. If this is the intention from Pep, I guess his thinking is that if we can overload their box, the quality of KDB & Silva will work in those tight spaces to fashion chance after chance.
  7. TFC


    10 Aug 2008
    Oh Manchester, is wonderful....
    No doubt. Makes a huge difference having a solid keeper between the sticks and unfortunately Bravo just wasn't/isn't solid enough.
  8. KnaresboroughBlue


    19 Aug 2006
  9. KingCarlito


    18 Jun 2015
    It's easy to read too much into, but the stats do add up, you can look at it either way.

    But one thing that I'm sure does play a part, is Caballero now has a decent grasp of the language. I know a few of the Spanish speaking lads opted not to learn English since they've arrived. I know Bravo didn't speak much if any when he got here, will definitely play a part in the control and communication of the defence.
  10. ROCKET80


    17 Jul 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    It's a number of things.

    We're more aggressive with our high press, this is mainly down to the young front 3 which Pep had been saying for while that we were not defending from the front well enough.

    The back 4 are looking more confident under the current tactics and appear to now understand what is expected of them.

    Willy has been at City for a few years and no doubt having a healthy grasp of the language and having played with most of the defense for a couple of years helps.

    I'm pretty sure Bravo will come good in the end, it takes a foreign keeper a while to settle in the Premiership. De Gea's first season was a disaster and a lot worse than Bravo's currently is, even Courtois had a few shockers his first year.

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