Pulls up Trees wrote:
Adds more fuel to the fire that Pellegrini doesn't really coach them, just tells them to play.
If you have a team like he had at Man City you probably can. We don't and particularly at the back with Fredricks, Diop and to an extent Balbuena they need coaching at this level.
YorksHammer wrote:The way Lanzini played after being withdrawn into a deeper role at half time excited me, I've got to say. I've long thought he could play there, and that proved it to me. We can now realistically expect to see a starting line up with Anderson, Fornals, and Yarmolenko ahead of a two of Rice and Lanzini, in my opinion.
Against the likes of Brighton this could work as he won't be called on to do a full defensive measure. He has the passing, he's calm on the ball and has the engine to get up and down. Playing the top sides though I think we'd get butchered with him there (see Wilshere also with opening day as reference)
Smonnie wrote:Pellegrini got the team selection all wrong.
I also can't understand why we are chopping and changing our left back already - pick a man and back him.
A settled back four is key to defensive stability, and we have swapped out 50% of it already.
We were nowhere near physical enough. Fornals and Lanzini, whilst talented and skillful players, are powderpuff, and with Wilshere and Snodgrass supplementing them, we lacked height against a team that, despite their 'new playing style', won the league last year for fouls committed.
Given that we also had Hernandez up front, we were always going to struggle to dominate midfield.
I reckon Diop/Balbuena is his #1 choice central pairing and he probably won't mess with it too much. The full backs I think we saw last year he likes to rotate and fit to the opposition. We have options there and depending on the opposition I think having one more defensive minded full back, Zab or Cresswell, is a decent idea, even both. Up front we were obviously thrown by losing Anderson and Haller, both of whom would have started I don't think there's much debate. I think Antonio up top would have given us more of an out first half and allowed us to play further up the pitch. Hernandez showed why he was on the pitch, but how many of those chances did we craft for him? It's telling that our two better halves of football out of 4 have had Antonio on the pitch though, with him being a notable performer in both.
I wonder if Yarmalenko is fully fit, not even on the bench opening day and only a cameo at the weekend, I agree he would have given us more size and presence in this game but it's not worth breaking him again this early. Lets ease him back in and not expect too much too soon, he took a good half a dozen + games to get fit and firing last year and has had a hell of a layoff.