When was the last time we got to the byline for a cutback for a player coming in to score, this was our stock move and was successful but we’ve stopped doing it, why.? Players? Manager’s tactics?8 games, 10 goals scored, 11 conceded.
14th in the list of number of goals scored. The difference between the best attack (Chelsea) and us is 12 goals.
7th in the list of number of goals conceded. The difference between the best defence (Spurs) and us is only 2 goals.
Pretty obvious where the problem is.
He’s an enigma I accept. He can be very good at breaking up attacks and starting them but is sometimes easy for the other team to play through him when he’s the only defensive midfielder. Probably why we’ve seen so much of him and Gundogan together.The fact that he looks ok in isolation doesn't mask the problem his inclusion creates. I actually quite like him, think he's a decent player. Just not for us
We are not playing like nor do we appear to be one of the top four sides in England. Suddenly it hit me that CL next season is a real risk. It’s “early” and three of our eight matches have been against sides better than we are, I realize. But we already know most sides are going to run the same blueprint Spurs did and some will be successful. It’s a horrible trap Of our own making — it takes time and mistakes in real matches to innovate. I’m not sure we have the cushion to wander in the desert while we figure it out. I’m no expert but whenever we’ve looked unstoppable the last decade under Mancini or Pellegrini or even Hughes it’s been when we’ve had wing pace or run FB overlaps to spread out those packed penalty areas. We effectively never do that now — the outside players like Mahrez, Sterling and Bernardo rely on trickery but defenders key in on them and we don’t make them make hard choices — defending the man with the ball or a runner? Plus it was fun to watch. We didn’t score today and had to rely on a moment of brilliance by Jesus to score against Liverpool. We can’t score against weaker sides either. Defending us seems to be “play man to man and hope they fail to do something special as individuals.” And it’s working.Something has to change, we have some brilliant players but this isn't working and it's not a one off. I really think we need a fresh start and a new way of playing Pep needs to figure it out and make the necessary changes. It was bound to happen that teams would figure out our way so now it has to change for me. The players have the intelligence to adapt. I worry the longer this goes on the more the players lose confidence and the worse it will get.
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