February 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm #1829243
Those here talking about Alonso, it is no fluke, he is a classy striker of the ball, and we would be stupid to sell him. He adds another dimension to our game, and I am pretty sure that we rarely get poor results when he plays. He is a potent goal threat when we go forward and asset pieces. Like I said in a previous post, I saw him live when in the open to fans training session when we played Perth Glory. After the training session, some players stayed out on the pitch. Alonso stayed out for shooting practice and he was just so good. Hit hits the ball better than most strikers and is extremely accurate most of the time. He has scored some important goals for us and was a key player under Conte. It is no wonder Conte wants him. Frank should be doing his best to keep him happy. I think he and a Giroud have had a raw deal this season. They both add a lot of what we are missing. You can also tell both players play with passion in their gameFebruary 24, 2020 at 1:37 pm #1829253
Yes Alonso has his liabilities and they are kinda obvious. His defense ability isn’t that good. But I think his attacking skills compensate his lack of defensive skills. Especially if we play with 3 CB. Let’s try this system 1 to 2 more times, against Bournemouth in the weekend for example.
For the top 4, as I said above: Man Utd are our biggest threat. They reinforced. They have depth in their squad. Spurs haven’t played that well since Mou. They needed a last kick goal from Son to win against Villa. Having said that, it’s our results that are most important. Our next opponents are supposedly weaker sides. We have to win these matches. If we cannot win these matches, top 4 is not a realistic target anymore.February 24, 2020 at 3:22 pm #1829288
Frank needs to stick with a wingback system for the rest of the season.
Our best players fit this formation and I also think our defence needs the extra defender as its not stable enough to play with a back 2. Chelsea’s issue this year is creativity but having Reece James and Marcos Alonso creating overloads on the wings helps us create more space in the middle. Also the way Alonso becomes at striker when the ball is coming from the right to center creates extra added threat in the box. This formation also prevents us from playing Kovacic, Jorginho and Kante together.February 24, 2020 at 4:37 pm #1829313
indeed bort !! Alonso and Reece James, they are more adapted to 3-4-3 than to 4-3-3. They would have less defending in this formation so their lack of defensive skills would be less exposed and their superior attacking skills would me more highlighted.
We have Christensen, Rudiger and Azpi who are accustomed to play 3-4-3 with Conte before too. But I won’t get too excited for now, Spurs were very poor with Mou. I believe Bournemouth on Saturday would give more difficulty to us than Spurs.February 24, 2020 at 6:58 pm #1829322
Can someone tell me what the story with Tomori is. Is he injured?
Top 4 is still wide open. We’ve just come through a filthy run of games including Arsenal, Utd, Leicester, Spurs…and we are still 4th. I honestly cannot see Sheff Utd lasting the pace, the Goons and Everton are too far behind and Spurs dont have strikers and are playing negatively. Our rivals for that 4th spot are Wolves and Utd in my opinion. Utd are still inconsistent and Wolves might start feeling the fatigue factor with the amount if games they’ve played as well as the added distraction of the Europa. Our run in isnt that bad…City at home being our toughest assignment. Leicester are also catcheable so 3rd isnt out the question either.
So, can we still make top 4 despite our injury issues and inconsistency…damn right we can.February 24, 2020 at 9:27 pm #1829377
Aside from the wing-backs factor, we have also players who have remembered how to play their game, for instance, Kovacic rediscovered his best form for some time now, Mount has also rediscovered as well as Jorginho seems to be coming back to form. interesting is that exactly this time last year he went out of form for 3 months and the team suffered, and around late February and early March that he returned to form and the team picked up form. we are witnessing similar thing this season. once Jorginho is in the mood, the whole team plays better.
Kovacic has had the highest dribbles in a game against Spurs. Mount has had his best game for 4 months, what was interesting was the trademark runs that he has been making behind the Spurs defence. Alonso offers setpieces and goal threat that others don’t offer. and Giroud offers us a focal point in attack when our opponents play compact.February 24, 2020 at 9:34 pm #1829379
I personally think, aside from rotating Christensen with Tomori and others, and the obvious resting periods for Azpi and others who have played consistently, the team is in perfect shape. and proof is when we see Alonso and Reece going to the positions they are taking. it’s difficult to defend against such opponent. attack is our best form of defense guys. we know we can’t defend properly so we need to put the opponents under severe pressure. and that is what Barkly, Mount, Alonso and Reece have done, with Giroud dropping down at a times to take a defender with him which created spaces for our no 10s, and that is how we need to approach tomorrow night.
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