- Aug 30, 2010
When Poch first arrived his style of aggressive pressing was a relatively new thing. Now it's something virtually every team tries to emulate. We've become a team that don't do well when we're being pressed and don't seem to have the energy to implement it ourselves. We've lost quality, athleticism and energy in key areas and the squad has become stagnant and lethargic through lack of investment and effective tactics. I don't see Poch turning this around tbh although I'd love it if he did. He seems to have lost all drive since a combination of a fallow 18 months of transfer activity and the CL Final defeat.Poch didn't become a bad manager overnite,and isn't a bad manager. I just think he is a limited manager...well up to now anyway.
He had a good plan.This includes fitness levels,strong defence,part Bielsa system,big counter attack. He even wants to change it to more attacking (they bought 4 attacking type players in the summer) but can he develop this? This is a big question mark as he has fumbled through especially this season. OK injuries but what happened to the energy the players have.Have they lost belief? It takes knowhow and at least creativity to get through this and so far he hasnt figured out how. Maybe Levy would give him one more shot of buying players that we need but he has to get the belief back in the players to start.