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For me the decision is easy in some respects
You play your best 11 available 11 week in week out. No reason not to as the game load isn't excessive.
Forward line of Sturridge and Suarez with Coutinhio in the hole.
Back for of Glenda, Skrtel, Agger and bets available left back. Toure should and will give Agger a run for his money. Sakho and Cissokho need to catch up.
Big question for me is the best balance in midfield. Gerrard plays as he's our best. Henderson next and then for it's a toss up between Lucas and Allen. But as you know this is the area that bugs me the most. Do they play as a three across the pitch or two and one or two and two with Gerrard and Coutinhio pushing on a bit.
It's tough and we look weak on the left.
Thought some might find this pretty interesting, though it means little until May, but for tour departed Debbie downers and naysayers, it would show that we are progressing steadily, and actually faster than some of us realize. Again, the points and table really mean little right now, but like Brendan says, these are 16 points we didn't have at this point last year, as we were sitting in the bottom half with a negative g/d. Now, we're joint top with a healthy +/-, and probably could have/should have more points, if we'd done a few little things..
In our last 38 matches, including this year's 7 fixtures, we have
20-11-7, Wins, Draws, Losses
+26 goal differential
These are the type of figures that typically get you 4th spot, and in recent years, perhaps even this year, would be more than enough to even challenge top 3, when looking at how tight it is, and all the competition for those coveted Champions League spots.
Things can only get better, as we've faced some difficult injuries to key players, gotten adapted to 1 system, then started to employ another, while now adapting to a third. Rodgers still has a lot to accomplish, a lot to impress upon this squad, and they have a lot of room to improve, but all things considered, for the first time in many a year, we should feel good (not resting on laurels) that we're not half bad.. It's a glass 3/4 full to me.. a glass of cold beer that is..
Apart from being my favourite cup size! - we are linked again with Diame and Damiao in January. I would be very happy to add some mobile muscle into the middle, and the Brazilian speaks for himself. Please let it be true, I just hope the Americans realise the time is now to invest in some quality to guarantee that top 4 slot that we all covet so much. Although I dont believe it will happen, this year will be the best chance we have had for some time in winning the league as well!
I wish I could remember the stat or percentage, but I saw yesterday that a huge majority of Arsenal's attacks, open play and counter attacks come down the right side, which would make sense, considering Sagna is very attack minded, slack in defense, and then you have Ozil who prefers to come down that same side and cut inside, with Wilshere/Ramsey (Healthy Walcott) all going that side too, so that's where we need to exploit them.
We actually did this last year at Emirates with a great deal of success, having Suarez as a left sided attacker, however, in this instance I would agree that the 3 cb system will probably stay, and we'll see a lot of Henderson on that side to help Sissokho attack and defend, and where Sturridge likes to roam on his preferred left foot.
I think this could be done to greater effect with natural width in Moses, where he can take on Sagna, or keep him honest, or exploit whoever is "holding" in midfield, which presumably would be Arteta and Wilshere, and neither is a good defender.
Honestly, I see both sides of the coin with 3 CBs and a flat back 4, but I just feel like the flat back 4, would allow us that extra player in attack, whether it be Moses or Coutinho from the get go, without taking Jordan off. Keeping in 3 CBS may do just fine, and allow us other options, so I won't complain either way, I just want to see us play well, and play to win.
That makes interesting reading Jason, just a shame the title is not based on the next 38 games, but instead the last 7 plus the next 31.
However to put a different spin on this I think one read is to think about who is progressing and who isn't, and then who is progressing more relative to others. Maybe for that 38 games is more than you need, and of course big things have changed between last season and this (for example 4 new mangers from this group of 7), so what happened in the 31 matches from last season may not be fully relevant going forward this season.
But, I think its clear both ourselves along with Spurs and Arsenal are on an upward trajectory, and based on the form and results this term, which granted its early, would reinforce that. The question of who is progressing more, or fastest is hard as each started at different points, but considering Arsenal are and have been a solid top 4 finisher, and most would agree Spurs have been ahead of us over the last several seasons, I'd say this looks good for us.
The real question is will this progress continue, and also will those that have maybe fallen off the pace like City and Chelsea start to move, and of course who knows whether Moyes has the mancs moving forward, going backward or just treading water.
I sure hope so Colyn.. The commentary I had, one of, if not my very favorite, Gary Weaver, said something to the affect of Lucas perhaps getting a blow for the day with a congested fixture list, and maybe (sadly for us) that could have been the reason. But even every now and again, a blind man can see a light...
If we can see it, the fans at the matches can see it, the players can see it, and all the coaches in training. And, it's quite simple, Rodgers said we were poor, our possession wasn't what he wants/wanted, too many give aways, and too slow in build up. So, the formula is, put in your 2 or 3 (in our case/system) best/quickest midfielders, who are best on the ball.
Allen, while not Bastian Schweinsteiger or Yaya Toure, was quietly impressive, won challenges, and moved the ball, even if they were sideways 10 yards, the ball was moving, in turn that allows Gerrard or Henderson to look to distribute or burst, and allow the rest of the build up play. Even moreso, we didn't give away so many needless fouls, and Lucas by facts / cards is our worst serial offender. I'd rather Stevie give a foul for crushing someone in a tackle, than a shirt tug by Lucas for getting turned.
My fear, though it could go either way, is that West Ham are a bigger, physical team, and Diame is super impressive for his size, so Lucas may well get back in. As for Agger, I'm tired of chop and change back there, but maybe Sakho gets the nod here, w/ Skrtel, so they can deal w/ Cole up top
- Reply to Baldrick Nov 16, 2013 08:17
And right on cue…here’s fool number four…
..the Ultimate OINK!...the Geordie who thinks it makes him appear clever and cosmopolitan to repeat the same schoolboy German swear words over and over…just as he repeats most of his posts…over and over and over….. and over……
…he has a foul mouth and penchant for Glen Campbell songs…but he’s tired of being ignored and all alone on the empty Man U board that he boasts of having destroyed….so he’s posting on Arsenal simultaneously now….
…ohhh…and he don’t like Celine Dion….;)…let’s all sing along to Geordie Girl’s theme song….
When I was young
I never needed anyone
and alienating myself was just for fun
Those days are gone…livin' all alone
I think of all the friends I've known
When I dial the telephone
All by myself
Don't wanna be
All by myself
…I understand your pain...
…but I think Rikk was right….it’s so much easier for you "four fools" to claim you’ve been ridiculed and shown for what you are by him……than be owned by a little Scottish lass…
…if you can’t tell the difference after all these months…there is something seriously wrong with you…all of you...
...but then again…everyone already knows that…;(
- Reply to Baldrick Nov 16, 2013 08:17
...you should know better by now....;)
...or couldn't you resist licking up to Mr 99...?
...you calling someone else a troll....now that is comical...:)
What I really love is the love affair between Kipper Roy and Mr Dodgeabanana....
...it was love at first sight...a match made in heaven...they have so much in common...
..and between them...they already have an extended family network...
...it's so cute that I'm almost filling up...I'm going to buy a hat just in case I get an invite...:)
I RECEIVED THE MOST POINTS THIS WEEK - 166!! (check out Vidavidas) AND IT DOESNT SHOW ME IN THE MOST POINTS SECTION OF WEEK 8, AND ON MY PAGE IT SAYS I ONLY RECEIVED 61 POINT (whereas only Diego Costa received 66 alone being the captain of my team) WHAT'S GOING OOOON???
I do wonder if games that are 'banana skins' are based on the mental attitude of the team. i.e games they go into thinking they can win without even trying. In which case, this kind of approach seems to have been drilled out of them now.
Hull aren't the 'rugby' team they were a few seasons ago and this team appear to have built up some resilience to the physical sides of late. Even Stoke were tamed by us, without us receiving one card. Steve Bruce has always put out teams to 'rough' us up, but I don't think it will work now.
Looks like you've handed both their backsides to them on a plate Butch. I've never seen such a whitewash on here before, the Geordie was made to look like an intellectual midget, and Dodge really should have checked before shooting his big mouth off.
Well done, devastating!