Also, can Tottenham maintain their form once the Europa League returns? And why Manchester City’s win merely papered over the cracks.
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What was Benteke doing in West Ham defeat
What’s the right formation?
We’ve one winger who is a 19-year-old rookie so any formation needing wingers is out.
We have at least three No.10 type players who are all looking game time and we’ve about 6/7 central midfielders. We can’t just scrap all these players start again just to suit Benteke.
He himself needs to work harder and smarter. I’ve seen guys put in crosses and he’s stood static at the edge of the box. What’s he doing? At one point Lallana was saying to him “Just get in the f**king box!” Can had angry words with him too.
Early in the match, when we were in possession he came right back about seven yards inside our half to receive the ball and then lay it back five yards to Lovren again. Pointless. He should be occupying their central defenders or making runs down the channels for our central defenders/midfielders to play into.
We’re a collection of individuals, not a team.
Can Tottenham handle the Europa League?
Ten points from a possible twelve over Christmas – GET IN THERE!!!
I liked the fact that Poch changed it up a bit for Watford with the three centre backs even if that wanger Dier gave away a soft goal through being out muscled. What sort of DM allows that to happen?
The worry now going forward is can we avoid last year’s slump once the Europa returns. Can we handle it better than last year?
There are a tough few games ahead now everyone knows they are playing a serious contender. Did I just dare to say that?
Too early to say Chelsea are back
I thought the draw with Watford was probably the fair result but a golden opportunity lost with Oscar’s slip.
Then, although Man Utd played the better football, I thought our game plan worked well at OT and Matic had the great opportunity to prove that counter attacking football does reap benefits, but a second draw and a clean sheet was not bad when you consider how much Man Utd upped their game for their manager and we did not play with a recognised striker.
The result yesterday was very good with an improved performance, but let’s not forget that Palace were weakened; but again we got another clean sheet.
Overall it looks as though Hiddink has steadied the ship and bought some much needed confidence back to the squad. Getting Costa to play within the confines of the penalty box is working and even playing Mikel is having some benefit and hopefully as he gets more match fit this will help even more. The flair guys seem to have found their flair and even the defence (possibly apart from Ivanovic) seems to be back on song.
Actually looking forward to a rejuvenated Chelsea in 2016 but will wait until we play Everton and Arsenal before I feel confident enough to declare that the real Chelsea are back. KTBFFH
Man City win merely papers over the cracks
Fair play to Pellegrini on this one for doing something different and reactive rather than his usual subs. Fernandinho looked great at CB and could surely play there if we get Delph back in midfield (and dare I say it Fernando…I would rather Fernando in midfield than Demichelis at the back).
I echo the plaudits for Fernandinho and he is a total midfielder; he is not superhuman though and is overran when played beside Yaya only. He is a “spoiler” too and will do those little fouls to break up play and picks up yellows. It would be nice to have a NDJ player to sit and hold, but in reality Delph alongside Fernandinho has the energy to get forward as well as protect the back four.
Regarding KDB, interesting to cycle him with Silva and do a job share. Reality is, though, he has played a lot of football this season already; if he has a rest he will be back and will clearly show himself to be the first name on the team sheet.
Sooner Clichy can rotate with Kolarov the better too; his performances have dropped right off.
Great win either way, and the type of thing that Man Utf and Chelsea would have been praised for. It’s a massive papering of the cracks, though, and as someone mentioned – how far ahead we could be if we had been playing to our full potential…but how much worse could it be without late rallies like this and Palace away, Swansea at home etc … players need to start putting the applied effort in for 90 minutes. A fully fit Aguero should help this
Regarding Isco, I would put him in the category of you should sign him if you have the opportunity
Thoughts on Man Utd transfer rumours
The ‘Sergio Ramos’ to OT rumours have surfaced again. No interested – he missed his opportunity in the summer.
Marquinhos (PSG) to OT in the summer?
Possibly – UTD like ball playing CBs
Stones – Chelsea or OT?
UTD should ‘retain’ some interest just to let Chelsea pay over the odds for him.
Not good enough – slow at thinking what to do with the ball.
Mane from Soton.
Could do better. If UTD are really interested in Anderson, then forget Mane.
Gundogan rumours again.
Good player, but past injuries need to be addressed.
Lukaku from Everton
The sort of player Utd needs. A goalscorer with a large physical presence. Would an offer of £40m be enough?
Neymar stories have appeared again. Anyone believe this is a goer?
And finally the most intriguing rumour of the lot – some senior Utd players want Diego Simeone as the next manager. This could be a story that has some merit.
How Arsenal should utilise squad in next week
FA Cup this weekend before a midweek game away at Liverpool. Some players are in need of a rest.
Team for home game against Sunderland
Debuchy Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs
Campbell Adelaide Iwobi
Would also give Sanchez 30 minutes off the bench for some match fitness.
Team for Liverpool
Bellerin Kosicleny Mertesacker Monreal
Sanchez Ozil Walcott