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Culprit A: That fucking god-awful midfield diamond.Its the goals conceded column you need to write an article about.
No don't blame Sissoko, he had more assists than Dembele in a season, he also had more crosses and forward runs. You may blame the other 4/5 players upfront.It's not that complicated.
1. Dembele is gone and his replacement, Sissoko, cannot disturb opponents and create spaces in the same way
2. Kane, Dele, Eriksen and Son have barely started any matches together
Not for a few years.Culprit A: That fucking god-awful midfield diamond.
Serious question. At the top tier of the modern game, has ANY team or manager successfully deployed a diamond for an extended run of games? It's nothing more than a novelty to catch opponents off-guard. The media wanks over it, and then it gets ripped to shreds by proper competition.
Make your mind up... Is it finishing OR the formation OR Poch????Most if not all outside top 6 PL teams play the same way against us, which is contain Spurs for 60 mins or so and then have a go and for some reason few times they succeeded. Examples are saints, burnley, watford, wolves...etc
However, in most of those matches our forwards had the opportunity to kill games but somehow they failed. The formation probably is wrong and Poch too slow to react.