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Worries the sh*t out of me - I just wonder what Top Cat's input is if any. I can't say I've seen the free flowing Dutch style of attacking footy he was supposed to add to our game. And what worries me even more is AG's inability to change an under performing team. To me a sign of a good manager is not being afraid to change things early doors if they are not going right. Example, why did it take so long to take off Joe C and Malouda on Wednesday same thing against the scousers the previous Sunday; we're play sh*t and it takes 75 before the first change. We're supposed to have one of the best benchs in the PL why not use it.

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Worries the sh*t out of me - I just wonder what Top Cat's input is if any. I can't say I've seen the free flowing Dutch style of attacking footy he was supposed to add to our game. And what worries me even more is AG's inability to change an under performing team. To me a sign of a good manager is not being afraid to change things early doors if they are not going right. Example, why did it take so long to take off Joe C and Malouda on Wednesday same thing against the scousers the previous Sunday; we're play sh*t and it takes 75 before the first change. We're supposed to have one of the best benchs in the PL why not use it.

Agree. That was one of the reasons why I really liked Mourinho. If we were crap he could make one subsitution early in the 2nd half and suddenly we played like an entire different team. The change could be amazing sometimes.

I've yet to see Grant make substitutions like that. icon_sad.gif

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Valencia away? I'd of said that was a pretty big game, and a fantastic result. I'm sure there are others too. Tottenham in the league was arguably a big game and a great result too considering how well they were playing at the time.

However, the match on Sunday is without doubt the biggest of the season so far, we've had a terrible run recently (Portsmouth, Liverpool and Olympiakos) - not only results, but terrible performances too. We're really going to have to turn it around if we're going to win on Sunday I think.

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To be a bit fairer to Grant about his substitutions (or lack of) it's only recently he has had a decent bench,

Not exactly any players capable of turning a game most times,

it could be argued that a good option in a couple of games was Sinclair for Malouda but I believe he has been trying to play Malouda into some sort of form and confidence for the close of the season(had that have worked it would have been a good move) it never cost us to much to try but was frustrating and I would say he has had his chance in the important games for now,

It's great to have the players all fit but has caused another problem for the manager in who to play and where,

The boys have done well without Lamps, JT, Essien, Kalou, Mikel, and Drogba (a testament to how well Grant has done so far) but having the luxury of a full squad has made it hard again to find the right mix and again it will take time to do so,

Grant had got SWP playing very well in his inside rightish position but with these players back it's not likely he can play there as that would mean one of the main players losing their place,

It would be great to see Anelka and Drogba together but have we got the wingers for a 4-4-2 or do we see Nic out wide again?

is Drogba fully fit? if he was not to play Grant would be slaughtered but if he does and is not fully fit the consequences are that if we play the lone striker we likely wont score,

Do we play Lamps or Ballack? Lampard has been great for us and had a good game against Huddersfield but Ballack has stepped up and played great while also leading the team well as captain,

Alex or JT? JT is the best captain we've had since Chopper Harris but is he fully fit? Alex has improved so much for us that he would be first team for anyone and he and Carvalho have formed a good partnership.

We all know who we would pick but we dont have to awnser if it go's tits up,

its tougher than it looks for Grant, he done what looked like the hard part well by keeping us challenging on all fronts with a very weakened team but now with the players all returning it's hard to get the balance right,

I dont envy him the task but I do think he will get it right,

the only worry for me is if it will be soon enough.

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i dont understand why everyone is expecting the worst. the last time we played, they barely had a shot all game. they have two attacking options that can cause us problems, keane and berbatov. berbatov didnt turn up at all in the last game and was easilly marked out of the game by ricci and alex. keane runs up his own arse half the time. lennon is quick but they seem to struggle to get players in the box for him. they were garbage last night v prague (who should have won).

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