ToneLoc wrote:master wrote:we should be playing 4 at the back, 3 in midfield and 2 in behind a single striker.
JUST LIKE WE DID LAST YEAR.
this current system plugged a hole in our defence by simply adding an addition player there. it did not solve the problem, it solved the consequence. the problem itself, early on in the season, was a complete lack of defending from the striker (zaza), which sakho provided us last year. in turn the midfield two (noble, kouyate) were covering for 3 players(lanzini, payet, zaza) who didnt track and hassle.
by going to 3 at the back, we put an extra body in a leaky area, and therefore compromised the midfield, where we are now extremely light. with the same front 3 who still don't track and hassle.
last year, when we had no right back, we use tomkins in a VERY disciplined role. he wouldn't attack much, but was solid defensively. antonio was thus given a lot of licence to attack. the other side, cresswell's athletic ability covered for the guy in front of him not always tracking back (payet or lanzini).
right now, we should be looking to play someone at right back in a back four. kouyate, oxford, or my choice, reece burke (recalled of course).
Burke Reid Ogbonna Cresswell
Kouyate Reid Ogbonna Cresswell
we are going nowhere with this current 3 4 3 / 3 5 1 1 or whatever. cresswell has been negated, antonio cannot be bothered facing our goal, we end up sometimes with 6 at the back. that means that we are left with ONLY 4 players who are not in the back line to press the entire opposition. NEVER GOING TO WORK.
i'm ranting. so annoyed as its so damn obvious when you watch it. how the coach cant see it in his post match reviews i'll never know.
Well we won't be seeing Sakho until the end of the ACON at the earliest so who do we have in that space until then?
with the options we have right now, i'd say carroll or fletcher. and with youngster, to tell him to press and run his backside off, even if it means withdrawal at 60 mins. i cannot believe he's being coached to do that right now.
also i genuinely believe the reason for these injuries is the lack of resting time we have because we are constantly chasing the ball. again that is due to the system where it is relying on players like noble, obiang, antionio and creswell to run like mad-men. we dont retain the ball in midfield at all (there are only two players in there after all) and so we never rest with possession. if you've ever done sprint work on a track, you know how important rests are between sprints for muscle recovery.