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Player Watch Player Watch: Guglielmo Vicario


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Jan 20, 2009
Loved the save in the second half from the shot on the edge of the box. Did really well to make up so much ground and get down to make the save.

Also love how he went batshit with the defenders


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Jul 12, 2004
The problem at corners is becoming a real concern. I’m surprised we don’t try to give him more protection bur teams know it’s a weakness and are exploiting it. I thought he was all over the place on every corner and at fault for the goal


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Jun 24, 2004
Why we don’t protect him at corners was probably why we saw the offside chance. Maybe we’ve been told to leave the attacker on him, and so if it falls, the guy is offside?
it’s a risky game. But Ange likes a risky game.


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Jul 3, 2017
Our set piece coach is missing in action, we now look vulnerable to any inswinging corner and we look innocuous on our set pieces.


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Jul 16, 2015
Sorry, but how was it his fault last night for the goal? We defended the ball in terribly. Vic dealt with everything else well.


Well-Known Member
Aug 30, 2010
Sorry, but how was it his fault last night for the goal? We defended the ball in terribly. Vic dealt with everything else well.

Our 'marking' on set pieces is dreadful. It's like zonal marking with everybody stood still, but when the ball comes in nobody seems to attack it. Opposition players are allowed to stand where they like and we've only just started to try to get them off Vicario. Was it Brennan Johnson who ended up trying to handle Zouma? If it was, that's just dreadful organization.


Well-Known Member
Jul 12, 2004
Sorry, but how was it his fault last night for the goal? We defended the ball in terribly. Vic dealt with everything else well.
It’s virtually on the goal line. He has to clear it. Anything in the middle like that is the goalkeeper’s responsibility


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Oct 9, 2005
We clearly have a major problem defending corners (and I'm not looking forward to the game against Woolwich who will love our current chaos). It seems to be a collective team failure and I think we also underate how much Kane used to give us in defence defending the near post.

We started protecting Vicario from corners after a couple of goals but if you watch the W Ham goal, Bissouma starts and then moves away leaving Antonio to block him again. That being said no-one is marking Zouma who is free to run from the far post into the middle and makes an unchallenged jump for the ball (sadly hits his back and goes in).

We just have to somehow sort it out although not being an expert I don't know how!


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Mar 3, 2008
What an incredibly naive and weak player to continually flail to the ground and look for fouls anytime he gets bumped on a corner. Man up Vic and fight. How many goals until you figure out that isn’t getting called in this league.


Well-Known Member
Aug 21, 2008
Needs to be made accountable. Great reflexes but he's not actually a patch on Hugo. How has he not figured out he needs to move off his line during corners to force a foul?


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Dec 14, 2010
Never known a keeper to be so weak on crosses, what happened to taking out everything in front of you. Ben white is barley having to make any contact and hes flapping


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May 26, 2004
If we are relying on the keeper to come and claim each corner then we’ve already failed. Vicario has to do better, but fuck me the setup is atrocious.

All the attackers are allowed a mostly free run, we are so deep and static that no one is moving to the ball, so someone always gets their first, and then there is no protection for the keeper.

It is weak all round and I would love Romero or VDV or Vicario just to say sod it, second half we got man to man and sod the system


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Dec 29, 2006
Needs to be stronger, got no support by the players in front of him, but still needs to be so much stronger.

never understood rob birch’s credentials to be employed as goal keeper coach, other than he knows the club!


Well-Known Member
Aug 29, 2011
He’s got to be more proactive on these set pieces even if he makes a mistake. If he doesn’t we need a new goalkeeper. It’s harsh because I like him but you can’t be continually getting pushed behind the line on these and even then not getting in line the highest point of the ball. When someone gets a header in just feels like there’s always a massive gap in the goal as he hasn’t followed the flight of it well. Just feel like he’s only concentrating on the player that’s stood on him


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Jan 18, 2011
He reminds me of De Gea in his first season in the league. Like De Gea did I’m confident he’ll adjust to it over time