YNWA folks it has been a while, mainly because the King is back and the tactics are good, but there has been a few games where we didn’t make the grade. These tend to be games where we are using squad players, as we are tonight. So now after a few of this lack lustre performances I now have a fix.
The main cause of the problem is the formation and not utilising the players on the pitch.
Tonight we have a back four, changing this to a back three, gives us more options for the remaining formation, so out of defence goes Johnson and we are left with Carra right center back, Kyri central and Skrtle left,this is because Kyri is better in the air and the others are better at reading the play!
Now the cover, we have Johnson as right wing back, Cole as left wing back. Poulson and Spearing should hold in front of the back three, but should not be right in on top of them. fill that pocket and collect loose clearances and cut out long balls. Poulson and Spearing should also help Cole and Johnson when attacked with width, and Lucas should be tracking back as central cover into the pocket in front of the back three.
We have TWO options now for midfield and up front. Number one is Lucas on his own but with licence to get forward help the front two of Raul and Kuyt. Two would be, Lucas and Raul sitting off Kuyt, splitting left and right off Kuyt’ hold up play. These both play into the pass and move philosophy we love to watch!
The above gets players who are out of position tonight into a more familiar role, gives us lots of options going forward and plenty of cover defending.
Carrol on now, so if that had been the case during above, I would take off Poulson, move Lucas back and Raul into central midfield. See it works well hope you agree.
ps Me and my wife Phoebe are having twins, can’t call them Kenny due to my surname and we can’t have them named after dirty Manc soap characters!