I can't put a finger on us as it's more than just 1 issue but from many games this season we seem only able to attempt attack via crossing the ball in as other teams have "figured us out" to the point that they pack in and force this. Our creativity in the final 3rd is not there... the key to unlocking the stubborn defenses propped up against us isn't out there for us at present. We don't have the counterattack and when we seldom do it fizzles. That other teams are allowing us 65+ % possession means counterattack isn't exactly in the offing). We have not and do not have an out and out dominant striker and whether Jesus (whom I really rate and like as a player) can be that I don't know... Yet as said that alone is not the cure. I am trying to change tack and not blame but if I had to point out weak links... FFS seems to disappear and at one point yesterday the commentator mentioned it appeared he had stopped trying to even attempt runs as Reguillon had locked him down and thus "his confidence was gone" this is unacceptable. He seemed a little less greedy but maybe that's me not trying to push him under the team bus. Cancelo for all his skill is not effective defensively and if I could guess he, as I can't recall seems Angelinoesque in that he appears primed as an attack minded wing back who has 3 behind him in defense to lighten his defensive duties. I'm happier with our CB pairing and do feel we made a good move in Dias but when we are hit on the break we are at our most brittle. Rodri had a better game but his Frankenstein in mud recovery rate still scares me when other teams break. This season will see shifts in the table every week but every week we seem to be in the same spot. We have a decent stretch ahead the next few weeks both domestically and CL- games where we need and hopefully will have the space to make improvements. Intangibly- the fight and the heart that I see in teams who are - on paper - not as talented as us is not present in this squad. The complacency is there. We expect to throw a switch, and the switch is too high to reach when we need it. I will not give up but I am tempering my expectations. Life is too short to allow disappointment in your football club to be in your head first thing in the morning... It was clearly for me today so maybe I need to reevaluate.