Maybe it's a difference in mentality. You see it as "be afraid of Lyon", I see the change in tactics as "being smarter and better than others". I would pride myself in my ability if the manger thought that I was tactically versatile enough to play a different role in a CL QF. If anything that would boost my confidence. Pep changes Kevin's role nearly every match - false 9, attacking midfielder, free 8, double pivot even sometimes as crazy as right wing back. Never seen him lose confidence or drop his head. He's always excellent. Maybe other players should learn from him, if they genuinely lost confidence in their abilities because of a tactical tweak.They are human,it was shocking to make them afraid to put a foot wrong and be afraid of lyon,they were not madrid or bayern ffs ,this is his insecurity projected onto the team and not the other way around,they have played one way for four years,it is difficult and against their instincts to go ultra defensive,it is a skill set,it takes more than a few days training
I’m not doing a Txiki out thing here, but the squad planning has been really subpar for probably around five years now. Generally speaking, we wait for something to become a huge problem and then try to address it, rather than you know, trying to anticipate weaknesses before they happen. It’s so reactionary and constantly either leaves us exposed or puts us in situations where we suddenly need like six players. Off the top of my head:I've long thought that Pep needs a Director of Football who'll challenge him robustly after nights like tonight. Creative tension if you like, where the coach has to justify his decisions or be told he was wrong in no uncertain terms. I don't think it works when the DoF is your mate. I wonder how much 'groupthink' there is among the coaching team.
The clip shows Ferdinand suggesting that the Laporte was fouled and the goal shouldn't have stood. Laporte's saying that if even Rio, who has no love for City, is suggesting that then maybe people should take a closer look at VAR.I don't understand the last bit of his post. Everyone knows Ferdinand doesn't like City.
Erm totally changed the way they played for the 2012 derby,he was scared and said after he shouldn't have done itLike it or not, alex ferguson is the standard of winning managers in the premier league. You would never have seen him play in such a way in the champions league or admit to being afraid of the main contenders in liverpool and klopp.
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