Foreverinbluedreams wrote: Slim wrote:
patrickblue wrote:How is that ever going to be effective against a parked bus. By definition the two lines of four are going to be in their own half and are going to let our defence knock it around to their hearts content.
I agree, even when we manage to pass it out of defence and get it headed forward, we are not playing the ball quickly enough into attack and expose these areas. We could argue attempting to do this in the first half is what allows us to have some spectacular 2nd half displays as legs tire, but the heart attack first half isn't enjoyable at all to me and the quicker we see shot of this whole exercise the better. I hope it doesn't require some top shelf team destroying us before Pep can see it.
So what's the alternative? Do we just go back to our keeper kicking the ball over the sideline halway up the pitch ( at least we gain territory ), playing it long and high for our midgets in attack to compete aerially, give the ball back to the opposition half the time our keeper gets it?
The alternative is we mix it and stop being so predictable. If playing out from the back is working use it, if it;s not, go longer.
It's not black and white, not a case of either playing out from the back, or leathering it the length of the field, there's an infinite amount of shades of grey.
All this passing around our own box is just Pep's ego, sure it can work, but if that's all you do it just gets predictable, and becomes ineffective, as we saw last night.