November 8, 2017 at 11:44 am #1555211
To be fair every manager needs quality players to produce quality performances and Mourihno like any other manager needs longer to recycle some of the players previous managers have left him. However, Jose has scored a total of one goal in his last 11 away matches to top 6 opposition. 6 losses, 5 draws, 0 wins. That’s a stat I would expect from a small club, not from a club with a £500m team. When you assemble a team with players like De Gea, Rashford, Martial, Pogba, Matic, Lukaku, Mkhitaryan, Zlatan and Bailly you expect them to try to win football match against any top opposition but Jose can’t, all he can do is defend in numbers and hoof it and hope. Jose is/was a great manager and a serial winner (and destroyer…) but that is nuts. We will probably get top 4, but don’t see us as challenging for the title with our current tactics. I’m gonna regret putting this out there, especially if Ed Woodward is reading this and acts on it.November 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm #1555271
Unless someone knocks City out of their stride soon….and history tells us it could happen…I don’t think anybody is challenging for the title apart from Pep and his magic midgets. I think we are fairly well placed in a normal league after 11 games, right beside Chelsea and Spurs and a couple of strides ahead of the scousers and Arsenal.
But you’re right…he will be defined more by his results against the big six than ever before and he has to improve and he has to be brave as well as clever. Gutting that for our three biggest matches so far this season we were missing very important players while other key names who could have made a difference went completely and utterly AWOL. We clearly suffered from it and now is a very good time to have an international break.
Do you think Ed is reading?November 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm #1555279
Does it matter? From the perspective of winning the title, I don’t think so. You can win the PL if you collect all points against the small clubs and draw against rivals.
But in terms of being seen as a great team and rightful champions you have to beat the best.
Its not a case of just winning titles, its often a case of how you win them.November 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm #1555947
In the words of Sir Matt Busby – ‘Go out and enjoy your football’. If it was good enough for his team then, it is good enough for me now. Early this season our ‘shite’ team (I hate the use of that word and similar foul language) played like that, admittedly against inferior opposition, but then tactics changed, the smiles disappeared and we ground to a halt.November 9, 2017 at 9:09 pm #1555967
Big K- that’s the thing up until the Liverpool game we were going in full force against anyone who came before us but then somehow we changed tactics against Liverpool and it really hurt us esp the confidence we had going to that game and how awful both Liveprool and Chelsea were before the matchNovember 10, 2017 at 7:48 am #1556023
Season stats so far this season:
Chances per game: 14.8
Big chances per game: 3
Goals per game: 3
Chances per game: 7
Big chances per game: 1.6
Goals per game: 1.6
Besides us missing the footballing skills of Pogba since his injury, Mourinho has to take some blame for his tactics. I believe he has not shown enough faith in the rest of the squad in Pogba’s absence and has retreated into his shell tactically. It’s partly due to the fact that it is obvious that as soon as you take Pogba out of the team it loses it’s dynamism and “pizazz” in central areas but Mourinho should also be aware that he might have been able to push through this period through sheer belief if he was a better motivator.
There is also the Huddersfield loss which was a proper shock to the system – now that loss was purely down to poor performance from the players, it really derailed us.
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