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Told ya, Pogba – (out of form Mickey + Mata or now Zlatan) = lots and lots of fun.
Cortez(Youngy was brilliant again)MUFC, Botswana
We scored four? Oh that pogba lad is back yea?
Mo Salah has the fuzzy hair of a child which makes me like him even more.
Liverpool look so sexy right now, the attack is clicking right into place and yesterday even the defence looked very solid. That latter point almost alarmed me yesterday because it was a defence with Lovren, Klavan and Moreno..it should never look sturdy against anyone.
I haven’t watched masses of VVD’s games but didn’t like how out of position he got for the second Salah goal. It felt very Lovren-esque to end up in no man’s land in the way he did.
One would imagine Joe Gomez will be drafted in against Sevilla and Chelsea but how can you leave TAA out? TAA hasn’t played for a little while but was really good yesterday and very nearly scored too.
Has Conte found the solution?
– There are many indicators that determine the traits of a PL winner. One of which is the manager’s ability to find a consistently performing (and as a result winning) starting XI very early in a season. If you take history, you’ll find empirical validation for this.
– Last season, Pep was tinkering a lot which thoroughly ballsed their challenge early. Conte, on the other hand, due to lack of European commitments and an epiphanic moment at the Emirates early figured his best suit and XI. Rest is history (exhibit, Chelsea 13-14 had the same problem while Jose had a settled XI on GW1 for 14-15)
– This season, I thought Conte found his best suit in our second game at the Wembley stadium. The 3-5-2 seemed a natural evolution from our 3-4-3 as it offers more control with the ball and better defensive solidarity. It proved when we played reactive football at Wembley and pro active at Atletico.
– The Man City game was an unnecessary distraction. Conte had the suit, but not the personnel ready for the suit. I still stand by the fact that the lack of recovery between an intense game at Madrid and the injury to Morata (along with Conte’s decision to use Willian) handed the game to pep. I would have wagered at least for us to go toe to toe with Pep had at least one of these variables were in our favor.
– The crucial mistake Conte did was to change suit after this game as the result was also mentally damaging. The Roma game at home, especially how wobbly we were despite being 2-0 up with the 3-5-2 and then going down 2-3 meant Conte doubted the validity of the suit.
– However, the real problem was Conte using (a) Fabregas in a 2 man midfield, (b) Fabregas in a midfield without Kante, (c) Fabregas in a midfield expecting tactical prowess and (d) Chopping and changing the back 3 (you know defense is the last place you rotate). Especially point d meant, in the game at Rome, the goals we conceded were a mix of defenders not knowing each other and individual mistakes.
– Despite all this, our best results and performances this season were with the 3-5-2 suit. And our summer transfers (and some indications from last season) were indicative of the same.
– The United game was the first point of not only our recovery, but more evidence to suggest that 3-5-2 is our way forward. Especially with the understanding between Morata and Hazard, with Fabregas having a lot of cover and Kante being back (along with Christensen’s assured displays at the heart of our defense.
– Last night at the hawthorns, we saw Conte playing the same XI again (if not the first time, then one of the few occasions) and it was another brilliant display. There was an assured understanding between defense, midfield and forwards. Hazard was in one of those moods where, you know what, you’re going to try to break my legs, I might as well do as much damage before something happens. Moratta has finally realized he’s got some bastardry inside him. Fabregas was given too much space and time. Gary Cahill was asked just to clear headers. Alonso had 2 weeks rest between games. All in all, one of the best Chelsea displays!
– Drinkwater is back, in Pedro we have another good floater behind Moratta, Luiz is benched for a more assured play making defender in Christensen. We’ll be ok.
– At the season’s start, a top 3 finish, QF in CL and a cup final would’ve been a good season to me. Any trophy on top of this is cherry on the cake.
Aravind, Chelsea Fan.
David Unsworth’s tie
Unworth’s tie did not even go to his belly button.
Credit to Unsworth doing his best to look the part of a permanent manager with a good suit, but while he was at the Big & Tall store why did he not pick up a tie? Surely this must be taken into account when deciding Everton’s manager, Big Sam would have known all about the Big ties.
Frank, Gateshead via Toronto, Spurs
Firstly, a compliment for the service that Football365 provides, professional, out of the box and preferable to the majority of trollop dished out by the media.
Secondly, a mail from Germany to add some comments to the ongoing debates in the mailbox from the viewpoint of how things are over here, or how they sometimes mirror the situation in England.
It was interesting to read about how talented English managers are often overlooked for jobs at major clubs. Apart from a couple of clubs where younger, untried managers have been given a chance like Tedesco at Schalke and Nagelsmann at Hoffenheim, the same thing applies here. So-called experienced managers are always on the list of possible successors when something goes pera shaped. One would have to question why you can be the manager at a club like Wolfsburg, backed by the ungodly financial clout – by German standards – of a global car concern, which a couple of years before won the Bundesliga title but was now facing relegation, is given the proverbial boot and a couple of weeks later is awarded the vacant position at Mönchengladbach.
Werder Bremen have never managed to emulate their successes from the 90s and, having relieved their last manager of his position, are actually contemplating reanimating the manager from those days who is well past retirement age.
Bayern have done the same after their “mini” crisis culminating in a lesson to be learnt at PSG and have brought back Heynckes. A great manager who should be resting on his laurels after retiring with three titles in one season, but no, he is back again at the age of 72 and experiencing nose bleeds on the touchline, could it be stress-related?
Handing over the reins to a manager like Moyes seems to mirror the German situation, even though the aforementioned German managers had a proven track record in the past unlike some of the recurring appointments in England.
German clubs are rather set in their ways, taking a risk on an internationally tried and tested manager is a rarity, which often goes bottom up as with Ancelloti at Bayern and what seems to be now happening at Dortmund.
Disposing of Tuchel, after a clash of egos with the chairman, and reverting to a manager from Holland with a completely different idea of “Total Football” started well but, now the other teams have adapted to the style, seems to be developing into a crisis for a team which has set its sights on being the perennial number two in the Bundesliga.
Bosz might not make it to the Winter break but, should that be his fate, he will not be replaced by a younger manager as the pressure of qualifying for Europe will probably discount any younger person…as in England at the top of the table, money dictates the system.
Spud (QPR fan exiled in Germany) Murphy
A *hint* of sarcasm
Dan, LTFC brings up an interesting idea of abolishing prize money in the EPL.
I also have a brilliant idea. How about instead of giving the title of “champions” and a big trophy, we give a bunch of smaller trophies that all look the same and give it to everyone – from 1st to 20th.
While we’re at it, we can also just abolish this concept of winning and losing. Who cares who scored what, winning and losing is not important. Why have relegation at all? They should combine the entirety of all of English football and make them. While we’re at it they should abolish the point system too – all teams should now get one point each game regardless of who won, lost or drew.
Why have teams be rewarded for success and making them fight for a stronger place. I mean, I’ve never heard of a competition where the first prize is better than second and that’s better than third, etc. It’s not like it’s a concept that’s been there…..since the concept of competition started eons ago or anything.
The most important thing is that everybody had fun and tried their best.