Douglas Higginbottom wrote:Pep seems to be getting the balance right between fielding a strong side and rotating. It doesn't help having only one striker of course but I thought last night's team was about right. 5 of our back 6 were second stringers and the other still isn't back to anything close to his best after injury.
Even so with better work in the last 3rd we would probably have win easily. We got into some great situations but just got the last bit wrong. As for Bristol showing other teams how to play against us then bring it on. It's one thing to press a reserve back line plus Yaya but a whole other thing to do it against the real team.
I thought Huddersfield showed everyone how to play against City by retreating to the last 3rd and somehow that hasnt worked either. Others have tried just kicking us off the park but we won those as well.
Can we really beat the dippers on their home turf? How good would that be!
I mostly agree with your summation Doug although like FIBD I feel having Yaya in the lineup as well is illogical to my mind.
He won't be here in the future and I think some formation without him that afforded an energetic youngster some game time, would be much more productive.
I do think our first team is more than capable of winning at Anfield. How good would it be for Raheem to score the winner.
relating to your earlier post, would you just change Yaya for Fern and keep the rest including Mangala, Danilo,Gundo, B.Silva and Zinchenko, or would you only keep Bravo out of the B team?