johnny crossan wrote: sheblue wrote:
Poor old Mangler, yep I agree he's the reason we couldn't score against Wolves. Its all his fault. Execute him.
One the strengths of Pep's tactics is the centre backs, together with the holding midfielder, intercepting as high in midfield as a massed defence will allow, winning the ball and creating the quick incisive break. To do that they need to have good anticipation, tackling and passing abilities. Last night Yaya alone of the three had the necessary passing skills but the rest of those qualities were largely absent.
So Mangala's passivity, lack of confidence, positional sense and hence switchover interceptions together with his poor passing were indeed some of the reasons we didn't score. His athletic strengths are simply outweighed by his weaknesses - which have showed no discernible improvement. Sorry if that is very negative but he's been here a long time now and just hasn't cut it.
That's a fair-minded, objective assessment JC.
Up to now, I'd always hoped there was a defender in there, just waiting to impressively spring forth, especially if given a 'run' in the side.
However, the qualities he may, or not, possess are not what are vital to ourselves and our style of play; something that was re-inforced the other night, irrespective of all other team considerations which were extant.
On that basis, I've just got to now hold up my hands and admit I've been misguided all this time and, in the best interest of both ourselves and the player, we should just cut our losses and move him on, if this is at all possible.
Overall, it just seems to have been a sad and inordinately wasteful cameo in our overall footballing progression.