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Manager Watch: Ange Postecoglou

RuskyM

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Still as open as ever

One ball over the top and we are wide open..sheff utd could score 3 if they weren't so shit
This keeps being said, but we conceded exactly as many goals as Aston Villa, who similarly operate the high line (because basically every good team does). The only other teams who conceded less than us than the top three (who have better players) are Man United (somehow), then Palace and Everton (who were much more defensively minded). Really don't think it's *that* bad.
 

fishhhandaricecake

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He's had a bit of a nightmare with attack though. Perisic and Soloman out injured early, Gil out for pre season and then by the time he's fit he needs time to find whether it can work with him which it hasn't. Richarlison in and out through injury. Son off to the Asia cup. Maddison injured and not the same since. Werner comes in and offers something but gets injured for the final run in. When you consider Kane being sold too the number of goals we've scored is impressive to say the least. Just imagine if we make a few quality attacking signings into the summer.
Such a good summary so true.
 

jolsnogross

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This keeps being said, but we conceded exactly as many goals as Aston Villa, who similarly operate the high line (because basically every good team does). The only other teams who conceded less than us than the top three (who have better players) are Man United (somehow), then Palace and Everton (who were much more defensively minded). Really don't think it's *that* bad.
It is pretty bad. We give away gilt-edged chances for fun. They don't all go in, but it's amazing sometimes how casual we are about it. There's nothing in the side that screams clean sheet. Almost no pride in the idea of trying to keep opponents out.

Having said all that, it wouldn't matter so much if we had kept an attacking intensity about us the we had for the opening 10 games. That's the disappointing thing Bout this season, the downturn to games where we went 45-60 mins or more without a decent shot on goal.

Hopefully Ange gets a good crack at signing good attacking players this summer. We need more killers up front. The whole team will benefit and it'll probably improve our backline if we're a more purposeful side going forward.
 

coy-spurs1882

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He's had a bit of a nightmare with attack though. Perisic and Soloman out injured early, Gil out for pre season and then by the time he's fit he needs time to find whether it can work with him which it hasn't. Richarlison in and out through injury. Son off to the Asia cup. Maddison injured and not the same since. Werner comes in and offers something but gets injured for the final run in. When you consider Kane being sold too the number of goals we've scored is impressive to say the least. Just imagine if we make a few quality attacking signings into the summer.
Perisic was a detrimental loss for us
 

rossdapep

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He's had a bit of a nightmare with attack though. Perisic and Soloman out injured early, Gil out for pre season and then by the time he's fit he needs time to find whether it can work with him which it hasn't. Richarlison in and out through injury. Son off to the Asia cup. Maddison injured and not the same since. Werner comes in and offers something but gets injured for the final run in. When you consider Kane being sold too the number of goals we've scored is impressive to say the least. Just imagine if we make a few quality attacking signings into the summer.
Exactly.

Compare that to Arsenal.

Saka ever present till last game.
Jesus had an injury but not out too long.
Trossard, think he was available all season
Odegaard, available all season.
Martinelli, had a few weeks out but available mostly.


It makes a huge difference as they build familiarity with their game.

If Odegaard had been out for a significant period of time, Arsenal would have not ran close to the title.

So when you look at our situation, it's just a complication week by week.

No time to build chemistry or momentum, constantly having to switch it up.
 

mil1lion

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Funny really that I was thinking Chelsea sort of got themselves a bit together and got close to us at the end. They had a shocking start and still some bad results towards the end but they were how you would probably expect to see from a new manager. We seemed to get off to a flyer and struggle more at the end. Yet it's Poch who has been sacked. I kind of feel for him really as they need as much time if not more than we do.
 

McFlash

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Feel like I’d prefer him to be preparing for next season rather than his post-managerial career…
A few hours in a studio talking about games he'd be watching anyway, while all the players are away, is not going to distract him from what is massive season for him.
He'll be fine.
 

E17yid

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What he should do is really big up some average players in the studio to make our rivals go after them (coz they’re stupid) and any player he fancies just don’t acknowledge them and if asked just say he’s ok mate nothing special then BAM £90m bid next day. No one will see us coming if we move like that in the market.
 

Marauder

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What he should do is really big up some average players in the studio to make our rivals go after them (coz they’re stupid) and any player he fancies just don’t acknowledge them and if asked just say he’s ok mate nothing special then BAM £90m bid next day. No one will see us coming if we move like that in the market.

Very cunning! Let's hope that Legohead prick falls for it.
 
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