Ted Hughes wrote:Hazy2 wrote:Ted Hughes wrote:Hazy2 wrote:Ted Hughes wrote:There is no similarity between the games v Stoke, Roma & Villa.
They are all different teams, in different cirumstances which require a different solution. Yaya being overrun was not the problem v Stoke.
He could have had 3 goals in that game.
NZonzi robbed him a lot of times. He did nothing with it lucklily When you say no similarity you are kidding right. Packed MF fast counter attack, Villa did it Anfield all be it hung on and got lucky to be fair, We have very little wrong I fully expect us to be fine, however when we get a team working hard and sort of lucky as Stoke were, a tweek here an there is what I would expect at this level of football. As I said we get 3 games at home in the CL and we have blown one with the Roma draw. TACTICS WERE WRONG FOR FAR TO LONG !
You are the one who's kidding if you think packing the midfield vs fucking Stoke would have been the answer!!
More likely sticking 6 up front would have been a better bet.
No Ted we are facing teams with 5 in MF, Break out and get lucky, Stoke was a weird one, but in the main this season at home we face sit back teams, who pretty much ride the luck which they did broke away Roma was plain daft wasting an hour on being out numbered. Scousers were wastefull if we dig deep enough, Hull away 1st 20 was fast and better players bullying a team who are less talented last 20 was how it should be team bolloxed and gaps appearing.
An extra man in midfield may have stopped Totti's goal, but it wouldn't have stopped the move where Maicon hit the bar. That requires people such as Silva to work harder.
Scousers were outplayed by a miles better team & could have lost by 5. Even Phil Thompson & Souness admit that, so let's not start changing history in order to fit a tactical argument. They stuck in the game for a half then we fucked them off, & it was a triumph for Pellegrini, not a stick to hit him with. We were the better team v Chelsea before Zabba got sent off, & were better again after he got sent off, so that's no game to criticise Pellegrini for either, his selection & substitution of Lampard was fucking genius which nobody other than tabloid wind up merchants believed would happen.
Against Stoke, we were lacking inspiration, & they were fucking brilliant; the best defensive side we have played; better than Roma or Chelsea. They won because Kolarov was shit defending a corner . Any Championship team with a quick forward could score that goal if a player let them run 60 yards.
In the Champions League, we could have set up differently & probably not lost either game. But we wouldn't have lost either game if the 11 players selected, actually turned up & passed the fucking ball to each other & ran about more. No guarantee we would have won either with more in midfield.
Pellegrini knows that & he's right. The problem is, the players keep performing like that, at half their capabilities, so they can't be trusted to play well, & he needs to take action because of it & maybe play an extra man in midfield. But then again, if Fernando is fit, perhaps he doesn't need to.
We didn't need an extra man in midfield to stop Totti's goal, all it took was for Navas to do his job and stick with his man. Watch the replay of the goal again and note Navas failing to track that chap with the Mohawk. When Keita brings the ball out Navas is within a yard of Mohawk, by the time he passes the ball he has lost 4 yards on him.
Our two wide players are supposed to tuck in when the opposition have the ball in the middle of the park, Navas repeatedly failed to do this against Roma, that's why he was hooked at ht.
In the second half we didn't get overrun as often and it's pretty obvious why.