- Jan 1, 2008
I'm sorry, this has been a squad that has been together in the main for the last few years, all indoctrinated in the 'Poch philosophy' and should all be adept at fulfilling the remit of how Poch wants us to play.That’s where the balance comes in. Ndombele will be such a massive part of the team once he’s settled in. Really liked Lo Celso’s cameo today too. Once we have that Dembele-like rock that everything sticks to it’ll give other players more confidence.
Today was also the first time Dele, Eriksen, Son and Kane played together for what seems like ages. Get them on the pitch and we will see good things.
Yeah, it’s been a while since sparkling football, but I think it only takes a few little things to come together and it’ll click into place. Maybe not at Liv-Man City levels but at least back to our better days.
What i'm still seeing is the lacking of fundamental basics such as a sustained press, defensive shape and organisation without the ball and adequate movement with players searching for space in possession or going through the transitions at such a pedestrian pace against 'inferior' opposition it makes it far too easy for teams to defend in numbers against
Too many times we've essentially thrown tactics out the window and relied on individual brilliance to see us through as opposed to witnessing a game plan carried out in perfect unison between manager and team which is visibly underlined.
Poch might well have now straightened out differences with Levy - or certainly that's what we are now led to believe - but i'm still as sceptical now as I was pre-NLD over whether his tenure will yield success or has the decline already set in. I sincerely hope not and I still at this stage very much advocate Poch but my doubts are growing with each passing game.