DoomMerchant wrote:Ted Hughes wrote:
Nasri worked hard. He hasn't hit form again since he was kicked out of action but he keeps putting in a shift. Yaya was fucked & really struggling, not just running but also with his touch. He struggles playing several games close together imo.
Zabba may be struggling because of too many games also. But whatever the reason, Sagna was on another level entirely today. Totally outclassed Zabba.
Perhaps he had something to prove contractually?
He didn't do himself any harm in getting a deal from either team with his performance there. His crossing has always been on another level to Zabba but he also caused problems in the air & put in a good shift defensively.
Zabba is really struggling due to the lack of cover from Micah imo. He has always been pretty useless in the oppo penalty area but this season he had made a big improvement under Von Krolock. Most of the time now, even if he's in 10 yards of free space in their box, he can't find a shot or cross or pass, just finds a way to fuck up the attack. He was much better earlier season.
That's down to mental as well as physical tiredness imo. He is running his balls off week in week out with no break. If Sagna had been playing for City yesterday, & put clean through like Zabba was on so many occasions, the game would have been over by half time. But perhaps it would have been the same if Zabba was upto full sharpness.
The Count spotted it though, mentioned the wasted positions. So we can expect he will be trying to fix that during the week.