The problem is that it’s a recurring theme. We have no cutting edge, we lack incisiveness match after match. In every match the attacking fluidity is just not there. We dominate possession but don’t create anywhere near the chances you’d expect for that ball possession. There’s a problem there, clearly. I’d love to see the stats on how often we pass the ball backwards versus the other top teams.
In a recent match, we had about 700 successful passes and only 4 shots on target. Those numbers are just ridiculous. An average of 175 passes just to get a shot on target, let alone a goal!
All this is to say that when it happens so often, I think you do have to put it down to the tactics, the manager, the philosophy and so on. We’re basically toothless. We overplay. Our crossing is Sunday league level. We’ll dominate and but not score, and totally let teams off the hook and then we’ll inevitably concede. You don’t see this week-in week-out with City or Liverpool, they’re absolutely devastating. Although of course their squads are 10 times better than ours.
It’s really hard to feel a connection with this current *team*. If Alonso never played for us again I’d be really happy.