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Make sense...Do we have it in our legs to mega-press for a good 60/70 mins?
We were at our pressing best when bossing the MF and with peak KW/DR.
- Vic & Dier don't much in their legs for differing reasons (I sense we see both on the basis of neither lasting a whole game anyway).
- No Winks to recycle the ball.
- FBs are struggling for end product. No aggression at RWB.
Meanwhile what are the strengths of those we have available... 2 pacey attackers (Son & Lucas), 2 technical/creative players (albeit needing to find a flash of top form for the occasion - CE/DA) and physicality in the middle (MS/VD/ED). Even if we don't intend to play through the middle we must be prepared to win the match there, so how do we get the best out of the CMs we have available? Let's not subject then to more running than necessary.
I'm sure someone will be able to set me straight, why not just let the FBs be FBs + 2 CMs. Press aggressively accross the attacking line(s) without over-committing in terms of high back line or number of bodies overall. Sissoko being the more mobile of the 2 can also join the press where required.
Might look stupid on paper, but:
RB / TA / JV / LB
Lucas / Sissoko / Vic / Son
Eriksen / Dele
or if not:
RB / TA / JV / LB
Sissoko / Vic
Lucas / Eriksen / Son
Either way those 2 wide boys got some running to do.
Unpopular opinion: I've liked being in Pot 3. Big games, big crowds, big pressure, that's both what the CL is all about from a spectator perspective, and I think it has also made our squad into hardened continental veterans in a short span.
What am I missing here? Weren’t we already in Pot 2 THIS year? Liverpool came through Pot 3.
Yeah we were Pot 2 this year.What am I missing here? Weren’t we already in Pot 2 THIS year? Liverpool came through Pot 3.
In any case, this is just another break going our way. COYS!
Our overall rank and other teams missing out, I believe.How can a team that finishes 4th get in Pot 2?