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This one makes me nervous. All season we've leaked (well poured actualy) goals against sides that can catch us in possession in our own half and break quickly. Bale fits into that slot all on his own. He will drift around along a similar line to Lucas and I'm sure he will give him a busy day. If Defoe is back to full fitness that gives us an added problem. Adebayor would have been a lot easier to handle.
I agree with your side there Hobs. I think it's the best we can put out at the moment and I hope Downing and Coutinho can keep their full backs busy. Gerrard needs to dominate the middle of the park. A slightly different opton is to stick Henderson or Shelvey in the middle to stiffen that area up and play more of a 4-3-3 in attack or 4-5-1 when defending. That would mean Sturidge would be benched. Tough call as we've been very blunt without him
Or very blunt till the last couple of games anyway, didnt look to have more then the odd goal or 2 in us. I don't think we will go man for man to take Bale out of the game although hatcheting him might not be a bad idea! I guess, it could make sense to nullify his offence by making him defend for the whole game! There will undoubtedly be moments when he becomes free, running between our midfield and defence, he needs to be shackled, then you go a long way to beating them, of course, this is a lot easier said then done! Absolutely agree that I would prefer to have Adebayor against us then Defoe, he is a lazy looking guy and doesn't seem to have any pace at all anymore, Defoe is a nightmare when fully fit, he has a decent record against us too.