Puel Plan A or B ?
DATE: 03.03.2018 - THE CUNNING FOX - BLOG
Fans are of course upset when results at
home are not as you expect, three draws against Swansea, Stoke and
Bournemouth is not good enough, far from it, and six points are lost
You can say what you like, but this is down to
bad management, nothing more, nothing less. You can neither see a
pattern of systems or player selection that you would feel is the
right one, and that he is searching for answers from his players.
Puel who came in with a steel clear attitude and looked on top
of his game, is not there anymore, and his way of dealing with the
problems looks a bit "in the air" and a "try and fix" strategy
without a real plan in his approach to try to find the answers.
First of all you cannot start with several experiments, neither
in team selection or system played. City are coming out in a number
of formations and you cannot train on all of them, so this is bad
management, you cannot be a master of 4-3-3, 3-4-3 and 4-4-1-1 or
Movement on the field is based on a few ground
rules and players are adapting to each other, and in one of the
fastest games in the World and with players in both sides playing to
their limits, some of this must be repeated time after time, game
Trying players and changing too much will upset "the glue" between
players and the movement will be easy for opponents to "fetch". Then
results will suffer and you cannot have a plan A, B, C and D, you
Without Okazaki you need to play another type of system and of
course to adjust more to a possession style is good, likes to see a
team having the ball, but you need to be able to understand the way
of play, today James, Ndidi and Silva played and why ?
Ndidi is ok, but James and Silva are neither players to use in
midfield roles in a 4-3-3 system, they are too slow and at Premier
League level they are just not "good enough" in that type of role to
the left and right of Ndidi. The team will suffer and will not work
as we surely could see.
Silva left the field and did ok defensively, working hard, but James
was again "the invisible man". City is known for using computers to
find their players, but why playing them out of position in roles
and systems they are not used to.
Silva is a defensive midfielder, James the same, Ndidi is one
working perfectly box to box, and then to pick one of them alongside
him would make sence, but not both, surely not as long as you are
supposed to attack.
Would have liked today to see Iborra in midfield with Nididi, Mahrez
and Albrighton on the flanks and Iheanacho and Vardy up front. City
are either a 4-4-1-1 team or a 4-4-2 team. Experiments and desperate
moves as we saw today can in the end put pressure on the opponent.
But again to juggle too much with players and systems will only give
the opponent an advantage.
Managers of the better teams juggles a lot, and if the players are
superior of the opponent in talent and skill, it matters less, but
the other way around, the system can help if you are drilled and
players are almost telepathetic in their movement.
Sorry Puel, your fault, that you have thrown away six certain points
at home to Swansea, Stoke and Bournemouth, hopefully you will stick
to a plan A and B, not introduce C and D, never works.
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