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  1. Top top performance and tactics from lamps and the boys - the right selection, tactics and setup. Everyone played top notch - Kante and kova completely outplayed their static midfield. Masons fluidity perfect, azpi and Marcus always in the game and the CBs defending properly. And then Willian- one of his best ever IMV. but credit to Frank as the prep and performance top class. Now, let's win well at home
  2. Big big game this weekend..............especially as Jose has often out-witted our managers with his tactics, especially when we are away (yes apart from the 4nil obvs) - remebering the 2nil when Herrara man marked Eden to oblivion. His tactics at Spurs have mirrored Manu already, 433 with very defensive mid-3 and quick counter attack game using front 3 and quick/long balls. We all remember last year with Son out-pacing our midfield - expect a repeat of that. He has stopped the full backs bombing on as much as expect them to sit deep, invite us on and counter-attack as though they are the away team. Hope Frank has learned from the past and recent weeks as teams effectively block us off and then 'kill-us-off'...................so hope he will tweak our setup and tactics and selection - Kante holding in deep role and Mount not Pulisic on the left and sitting a little deeper maybe. A little less fluency and clever play, and a bit more battling and holding. We all respect Jose but what a treat if Frank and boys can turn them over.................................or even a battling draw.
  3. Refreshing to see lamps learning and changing selcection, formation and tactics as needed. yesterday the Kante/Kovacic pairing was new but worked perfectly. Ditto Willian and James development down the right and players feeding off Tammy. IMV Pulisic and Mason though are making same runs and often get in each other's way - but both flair players so expect that to improve and with Azpi rock solid left back behind them that works too. But the CB pairing and various combinations not quite right yet - feels like Rudi and tomori will work as have blended skills with Rudi power and aggression and Tomori pace and game reading. Zooms has great strength but tbf limitations on the ball and CHristianson not yet pushing on and looks a bit lightweight sometimes. nOne of the 4 seem to have leadership skills tho. the 4-2-3-1 system suits the players currently and the play is fluid and great to watch if not a bit risky and nervy to watch when defending. I would like to a plan B system and tactics and the recruitment of a strong defensive leader - but they are rarer than dinosaur teeth. lamps has good options coming tho with Rubén and Rudi and CAllum getting fitter Be great not to be leading by only a single goal with ten minutes to go at home though......too stressful
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    At defending lamps has moved from pure zonal to part zonal and some markers man on man, but not working as zouma is in a zone and the opposition team just play to their biggest runners and bypass zouma - we can improve that though with a tweak. Agree with the lack of leaders though - rudi can be vocal when playing but it's a need overall. for attacking it is all over the place, long high balls to the back post, or hit the front defender - apart from the one Emerson corner. Last few years we majored on short corners and mixed it up but all looks so predicate le - but again can be tweaked and improved with some focus. WE COULD WITH A DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT COACH........ one of those visits on weds😬
  5. At hammers game on Sat a fan in shed upper west side was taken seriously and carried out by medics - does anyone have any news please ?
  6. The ref was terrible - I was at the game and he let the crowd and their player antics affect his decisioning from the first non foul onwards. We know many players now go down with a Yelp and hold something in agony then once the ref gives the decision they recover really quickly and move on. The penalty looked dodgy from where we stood too. the game was brilliant attacking football and we were on top form going forwards apart from final decision. Their 442 caused problems for us as front two movement and cleverness on the ball was top level. But tbh the fullbacks were poor and our crossing not up to scratch. enjoyable game though, our fans were great and Valencia a great city. COYB
  7. Apart from not seeing much of him and his appearances and performance a bit patchy, yesterday's behaviour at Valencia was odd at best and actually not team aligned. He 'warmed up' on his own the whole time, doing bits and pieces but not even basic stuff as a sub with anyone. He spent a lot of time gazing about the stadium and then trotted off. so maybe a move to Valencia or certainly somewhere in Spain maybe in Jan. if he goes then muchos Gracias senore Pedro, it's been good to have you at our club. If he stays then hope he sorts his attitude
  8. City will look to reset after the scouse result, but the break isn't gonna help as virtually whole squad is away - their strengths are massive, but so are their weaknesses. Defensively they are not settled so provided we can avoid early c/ups and a goal for them, we can hit them on the counter - compare the two teams from last season (on earlier post) and we look much better, they don't May depend on whether their keeper is fit to play.............. Sure we can get another 3 away goals and 3 points!
  9. Some good replies - Joe Cole is a particularly good shout, as is Eider G.............. Interesting how many of the best value are defenders, suppose strikers and midfielders often cost lots more - but how many goals did Gazza or Ivan save, not counting the goals they also scored in big games. If I had to pick one tho, it would have to be big Pete🧤
  10. The brilliant welcome to Gazza at the weekend, reminded me what a bargain he was and whether he is the best of the cheaper transfers (excluding academy obvs) over the last 20 years. So if to qualify, transfer has to be less than £10m, and player must get to 100 appearances minimum, who are the contenders? I've come up with Gazza, Azpi and Ivan................in that order, although just remebered Cesc too, and Pedro........ Gazza for me
  11. Kova - no doubt...................could chose from 5 or 6 players but Kova has proven he can play 'total football' - he can tackle, cover, intercept, dribble, burst forward, pass short and quick, give and go, or that final ball into a crowded box. He also runs his nuts off, never complains and can do the water-carrying and the fancy stuff Top player
  12. IMV City not as good as last season and we have improved in key positions - cf being one of them (last year Higuain) - so I think we have good chance of getting a result through counter-attacking as we did couple season ago. I would go with RJ and Azpi as full backs - Reece a good matchup to Sterling and Azpi on the left to take bernado silva who is very very good but all left foot - so right footed left back a good option. Midfield has to be Kova, Georgino and Kante - key against city is to intercept their passing game and all 3 do that well - also one of em can pick up De Bruyne who plays off the cf but switches position all game............. Willian, Tammy and Pulisic up front as we can spring counter attacks with those 3 and Tammy maybe draw some fouls from fernadinho Mason and Callum as impact players if we need em. 3-1 to chels is what I think we can achieve Big one this................................
  13. Migraine coming on...................blimey Here's a quiz - how many letters need to change to go from shirt to sh*t*
  14. How about that boys in blue - twice behind, nous/strength to come back twice and win penalty shoot out absolutely best result of the season - Joe Edwards is a diamond!
  15. Sari has a purist and bigoted view of technical tactics which worked at Napoli....................altho they won nothing. In PL, we have many top-notch coaches throughout, even the bottom clubs - all of them have worked Sarri out cos he has one method only and no plan b/c/d So here is why he should go: 1. one technically brilliant but flawed tactical system~ 2. holding player can't tackle and is slower than the attackers 3. set piece defending zonal only and ineffective 4. set piece attacking predictable 5. centre-forwards can't deliver the movement/guile/speed/goals required 6. keeper makes low percentage of saves versus shots on target (scientific oddity?) 7. system not designed to get early crosses in as often 1 or no one in the box 8. players have no freedom to change tactics or do stuff off-script 9. our players don't best match his strategy - don't fit so easier to change the coach imv So get rid - get someone attack minded in who can best use the players we do have and vary the tactics - go short or long - a la Carlo 4-3-3

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