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Both have their strengths, I think we'll see Dave play more of the games where defensive stability is required.

Reece's crossing is great and he looks particularly good when he has no direct opponent like tonight, but Dave will feature when you need some street smarts and good defensive decision making. Reece is at times liable to get caught ball watching or giving it away in bad areas when under pressure.

A good problem to have though!

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22 minutes ago, Spiller86 said:

Both have their strengths, I think we'll see Dave play more of the games where defensive stability is required.

Reece's crossing is great and he looks particularly good when he has no direct opponent like tonight, but Dave will feature when you need some street smarts and good defensive decision making. Reece is at times liable to get caught ball watching or giving it away in bad areas when under pressure.

A good problem to have though!

Absolutely. Much has been said about Liverpool and City's CB troubles but both sides are seriously screwed if they lost their first-choice RB for a length of time.

Azpilicueta also offers us tactical flexibility. He's still one of the best in the world on the right-hand side of a back three.

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Frank's overseeing a nice quiet transition here. Azpi will continue to play an important squad and leadership role I am sure. What an option to have off the bench or when we play a different tactical system.

Hope he stays with us for years!

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47 minutes ago, dansubrosa said:

Am I the only one who’s not a fan of Azpi this season? The effort is there but his positioning is abit off and he’s no use at defending set pieces.

Everytime we concede a corner Azpi looks like a dwarf marking a giant.

He looks about a 1/4 of the player he did two years ago. Great bloke, highly underrated player throughout his career, one of our most consistent performers, but his time is definitely coming to an end now. 

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He has done a great job filling in for James and has been involved in most of our best wins this season. Surprisingly both him and Emerson did a solid job to cover for James and Chilwell.

Dave was already significantly weaker last season when it came down to clearing crosses and marking his man on the far post, this season his own crosses are far less dangerous but he's still someone that we can rely on.

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I felt we were weaker with him in the side, which is a shame, but it looks like he's going to have to be backup from now on.

Going forward there's no comparison between him and James, and I feel like, whilst he's better defensively, there's not much in it at the moment. James is young and rash, but should improve that side. Dave's positioning hasn't been great for a few years.

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9 hours ago, Scott Harris said:

If what is being reported is true, then he is one of the players that will come out of this situation with his repuation intact.

Too many ego's in the game, not enough Azpilicueta's.

If anything he has gone up in my estimations, and I wasnt sure that was possible. One of the best professionals we have had at the club, and pound for pound one of the best signings. 

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Looks better suited to the RCB position in the back three than he does as a right back now. 

Lost half a yard of pace now, which is to be expected but still a quality defender. Really good at creeping forward into that underlap area behind the wingback and right sided forward and creating some space either for a deep cross or recycling possession. 

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19 minutes ago, ForeverCarefree said:

Looks better suited to the RCB position in the back three than he does as a right back now. 

Lost half a yard of pace now, which is to be expected but still a quality defender. Really good at creeping forward into that underlap area behind the wingback and right sided forward and creating some space either for a deep cross or recycling possession. 

Mostly he did well last night, though he did cause some problems going out to their winger (saint maximin I think) and not getting near him, left our right side exposed. Hes also suddenly decided to become John Terry at set pieces which is useful... 

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Just now, dkw said:

Mostly he did well last night, though he did cause some problems going out to their winger (saint maximin I think) and not getting near him, left our right side exposed. Hes also suddenly decided to become John Terry at set pieces which is useful... 

Can only assume he was instructed to get tight to Saint-Maximin or double up on him to help out Hudson-Odoi and stop him being isolated against a tricky player. 

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2 minutes ago, ForeverCarefree said:

Can only assume he was instructed to get tight to Saint-Maximin or double up on him to help out Hudson-Odoi and stop him being isolated against a tricky player. 

I expect so, but I think that showed a problem with having CHO and Dave on that right side against a very good player. CHO was up field and Saint Maximin got behind him quite a few times, leaving him with Dave to beat who, god bless him, just doesnt have the legs anymore and really struggled. Thats not a dig at CHO as its just not his natural position, I think I would prefer James there in future games if the opposition have dangerous wingers etc.

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