ornchurch ammer wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:54 am
Damage limitation first half and go for it in second.
We're not fit enough to play all out for 90 minutes. It'll take a couple of weeks yet to get the fitness up. Shocking for a top club.
If that's the case, we might as well play the possession game that we started the season with. Backwards and sideways, recycle it from the flanks to mid, back to the backs and repeat whilst keeping possession - you know, like that away game at Aston Villa.
In that game we didn't over commit and there wasn't a flood of chances but we did keep the game under control. That was the polar opposite of what we were doing this Liecester match, where we just stood off and invited pressure. As much as the fans want us to emulated Liverpool's all-out high press, we just don't have the core for it. Pellerigini had the right idea until he panicked at the end and abandoned that style of play.
Ever since Pellers(near the end) was forced to go back to basics to accommodate Antonio as a forward in a 4-4-2(that's the point where he compromised his own system to appease the fans and board), our backs have given up the pretense of trying to play out from the back or even play it on the ground. They were given the license to go direct - in order to play to Antonio's strengths - and that's what they've been dong ever since. Nobody has been able to reign it in since and with Moyes now in charge, it's unlikely to be ever reigned in.
They are so scared to do anything else but pump and lump. In their minds, Haller and Antonio are the same, all they can see is there's a big lump of a target-man somewhere up the field, pump it and wipe their hands of any responsibility. After all, they can't be blamed if the ball is nowhere near them, right?