Michael Tucker

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We need another Kante in the middle. 433 isn't dead in the water as Real Madrid have shown in Europe and we need to start practicing with it again if we want to compete against the very best in europe. We just get overrun with 353.

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13 minutes ago, Leo91 said:

We need another Kante in the middle. 433 isn't dead in the water as Real Madrid have shown in Europe and we need to start practicing with it again if we want to compete against the very best in europe. We just get overrun with 353.

We really shouldn't get overrun with 12 players on the pitch. 

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11 hours ago, James Prescott said:

Morata comes on but is playing wide left apparently.

FFS. We signed him a striker, not a winger. Just play two up top Antonio.

He's often played wide at both Madrid and Juve. Isn't an uncommon situation for Morata. That said, it would have been done to maintain shape. When Michy came off he moved central and Baker moved into AM. 

Nothing worthy of getting your underwear in a bunch over, yet. 

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Ugly first 30 minutes (could easily have been 5-0). Better for the next 10. Much, much better second half. Scored a couple of nice goals as well. Could have been worse....:).

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Only watched the second half.Even though we played well in the the second half - the team that looked quality were bayern.Alonso and moses looked out of place and on the world stage they will struggle

We need a lwb and a right rwb if Conte is to play that system.

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Good work out. Pretty obvious that Bayern were stung by their previous 4-0 defeat and came out to win this game. They pressed high and in numbers and kept the ball well. Unsurprisingly, we were a little sloppy in possession and were unable to move the ball forward cohesively. The sticky conditions, awful pitch, and obvious lethargy due to all the traveling played a part.

Regardless, it was heartening to see how we adjusted by pressing high up ourselves, and moving the ball quickly and vertically. We ended up dominating the game with Bayern holding on. It was good practice to chase the game and it shows the determination that runs through the team.

Trying not to focus too much on individuals, but I thought Courtois should have done better, for at least one of the goals. A quality keeper like him really shouldn't be caught out from 25 yards.

Cesc showed the good and the bad in his game. On the ball he's lethal, without it, he's a bit of a liability really and Conte knows that. He'd be brilliant in a 3 man midfield and I wouldn't be surprised to see us revert to that for some of the bigger games.

Our WB's are absolutely essential to our play and we need some quality options to rotate. Currently we have no one else at LWB. We need to move quickly.

We're very short on AM's and we desperately need some quality there. LWB and AM is where I would splash the cash. An additional CM and RWB can be dependable squad members.

Finally, I thought Morata looked pretty sharp for someone who's traveled across the world over the past week. Good touch, decent pace and footwork and he put himself about. Exciting little cameo and it wets the appetite to think how he would combine with the likes of Pedro and Hazard.

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7 hours ago, Michael Tucker said:

Ugly first 30 minutes (could easily have been 5-0). Better for the next 10. Much, much better second half. Scored a couple of nice goals as well. Could have been worse....:).

This.

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It's preseason. Hopefully the weaknesses exhibited will be acted upon otherwise we will embarrass ourselves in the Champions League. That said....it's preseason.

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Exactly. That's what pre-season is about. Hopefully the coaching/management parts of our club can address it by the start of the campaign. Fingers crossed eh?

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21 hours ago, A Blue Essien said:

We're very short on AM's and we desperately need some quality there. LWB and AM is where I would splash the cash. An additional CM and RWB can be dependable squad members.

Problem is that if we sign another AM then it locks us more into 343. Signing a CM is more beneficial because at least from there we can play either 343 or 352 more comfortably. Fabregas then becomes easier to accommodate in both systems. He could pick up minutes at AM (same as Morata w/ Michy upfront if desired) in 343. Or he becomes the "Pirlo" of a 352 with Baka and Kante flanking him on either side. 

An AM signing would mean that if we moved to 352 at any point it could mean not being able to utilise Hazard, Pedro or Willian in the same side and likely only one of those three would start - likely just behind the CF. We'd essentially be making one or two of these players redundant. 

 

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